A pronoun is a word that can function by itself as a noun phrase.

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verb conjugation [on hold]

I got a sentence like this "Hunt for treasure likes a pirate" But someone said it should be "Hunt for treasure like a pirate" I thought because of "hunt for treasure" acts as singular pronoun or ...
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“giant stone blocks that [weigh/weighs] several thousand kilograms each” [migrated]

The Egyptians built the pyramids out of giant stone blocks that weigh several thousand kilograms each. Weigh or weighs, which one is correct? Some teacher give the following answer The ...
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What was the purpose of the ethical dative?

I can find examples of its use, but not a rationale. Presumably there was one at some point. What was it for?
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Is “very much” an adverb or an adjective? [migrated]

I would like to know what "very much" is in terms of grammatical classification. Adjective, adverb, etc. Thank you very much
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Difference between Thee and thou?

What is the difference between thee and thou and how are they used?
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Pronouns when addressing a crowd

So recently, I have been working on a speech. Parts of this speech is a series of questions that I pose to the audience. I realize some difficulty when writing them. For example: “Who remembers ...
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Quick questions about pronouns in a sentence [migrated]

I'm confused when it comes to writing the following: "..., I bought from my one of the sweet sweet friends" vs "...., I bought from one of my sweet sweet friends" Neither me or my partner is native ...
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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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Why does a pronoun as the predicate of an indirect object (e.g. “I gave her it”) sound wrong?

Forgive me if I've used the wrong terms in the title, I did my best given my middle-school grammar lessons and Wikipedia. "I gave her the book" sounds just fine, but "I gave her it" sounds stilted ...
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Can “which” be used as a conjunctive pronoun in the appositive clause? [migrated]

In my second language learning class the teacher kept telling us that the pronoun "which" cannot be used in the appositive clause; I disagree with this. Here's why: The problem which one should ...
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to whom/which, for which

consider the sentence: Sometimes even if we try hard to come up with an idea, the result of "which" carried out is in vain. should it be which or it? Also, how to be able to make sentences with the ...
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the lid of the jar [migrated]

Can one say a. I took off the lid of the jar and emptied it. b. I took off the jar's lid and emptied it. c. I took off the jar lid and emptied it. ? The intended meaning is that I emptied the jar ...
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USA English, possessive pronouns doubt. [migrated]

Referring to a group of students, should I say "the group concluded HIS portfolio" or "the group concluded ITS portfolio"?
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Reason for the current trend to use «she» as the gender-neutral pronoun?

There are some questions on gender-neutral pronouns both here and on Writers. User Christine Letts writes: In academia, there is currently a movement toward using the feminine pronoun at all ...
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Can pronouns refer to adjectives?

If the following sentence is grammatical, does the pronoun it refer to deceptive? "Marcos was deceptive and it led to his demise." If the above sentence is wrong, then why is the following sentence ...
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Subject/object of sentence

Am I right in thinking this sentence in today's Irish Times is wrong: "A long-serving employee dismissed by Dunnes Stores after it won an appeal against an award of €67,500 damages to her has been ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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Pronoun Agreement Rule [migrated]

"Why did God let Adam and Eve eat the apple of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Why cannot he prevented evil? (Quoted from an article.) Those were the last questions he asked to his parents ...
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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Possesive pronoun to use with the interrogative pronoun [duplicate]

When using the interrogative pronoun, 'who', what would the possessive form be? 'Who checks X letterbox every day?'. I feel it ought to be 'his' but some people I know claim it should be 'their', ...
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Why use “his” in association with the word “mankind”?

The economist Keynes in a book wrote: The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. I would have used "its" instead but since English is not my ...
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Is it appropriate not to capitalize “I” if i personally view it as vanity on cultural grounds? [closed]

My native language is Russian, and the first person singular pronoun in Russian is "я". No capitalization. We also have a proverb in our language (and culture), which is literally translated as: "'я' ...
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Pronoun “you” can be omitted as subject in imperative form, what other pronouns can be omitted, when and why?

The pronoun you can be omited as a general rule, but sometimes I’ve seen sentences that should have used I or it as the subject but it was omitted.
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Should this sentence use the word “one” or “you”?

Is the sentence One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor. correct? I'm not sure whether mixing the words "one" and "you" in the ...
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enough for me to [closed]

1) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair to comb. 2) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair to comb it. 3) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair for me to ...
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pronoun usage with a preceeding a

What pronouns would you use in the following sentence John and Lou recognized a bear cub. Replacing the proper nouns with a pronoun and then replace bear cub with a pronoun.
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Can relative pronouns reference each other?

Is it grammatically possible to say something like this?: He was who who he was. It sounds wrong and it surely doesn't make sense, but could it technically work? Thanks
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Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?

I'm trying to determine whether a clause with an implied subject can be considered independent - specifically in the case of compound sentences. For example: "I was tired, but went to the party ...
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How is unjustifiable (falsely attributed) usage of *we* or *us* called? [closed]

I wonder what the name of phenomenon when a speaker uses we or us to falsely (and, really, deceptively) attach oneself to a group (like when a politician says "hard times await us" in his public ...
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The pronoun, it is popular…why?

I've noticed a shift towards a form of speech that I would love to know more about. It first showed-up in US TV dramas I think, but now it's common to hear it used in everyday conversation. Here are ...
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Why is there an 'it' in “I find it very difficult to do this”?

I find it strange that one has to use the pronoun it in sentences like I find it very difficult to do this. I would like to know the grammatical reason (if there is one) for this, if it has ...
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the basement door

1) We opened the basement door and entered it. 2) We opened the basement's door and entered it. 3) We opened the door of the basement and entered it. Which of the above sentences are correct? It ...
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Are houses masculine or feminine? [duplicate]

Ships and boats are referred to using feminine pronouns. Are houses masculine, feminine or neutral? Please provide evidence for your answer, a Google search didn't help me.
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Are pronouns nouns?

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Huddleston & Pullum 2002) and many other grammars, the English pronouns are viewed as a subcategory of the English nouns. In other grammars, such ...
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Correct usage of Personal Pronouns [duplicate]

Which of these is the right way of using a personal Pronoun? (Me vs I) This is I. Einstein the Genius! This is Me. Einstein the Genius! I'm a bit confused since both sound right.
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Second person pronouns [closed]

Can someone explain to me why do a lot of tweets have second person pronouns? I'm doing research study and it appears that second person pronouns appear the most in tweets.
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Rules for pronouns

Is there a rule in English regarding whether a pronoun or the subject it refers to should appear in the subordinate clause of a complex sentence? Simple example: “Whenever the little girl/she eats ...
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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Difference between he/him in nominative case?

So I sat through a presentation on APA wherein the professor was stressing to us the importance of proper writing as pertaining to turning in assignments (which I think was basically telling the ...
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All of us, including “me” or “I”

Which is better in this case, "me" or "I"? All of us, including me, have made mistakes. All of us, including I, have made mistakes. It seems that "I have made mistakes" makes more sense ...
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When to use “me” or “myself”?

Which one is correct: Someone like me... or Someone like myself... Is "like myself" ever correct?
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Is it better to use “one” or “he/she”? [duplicate]

What sounds better to a native/is more correct? I assume they all are correct, but still - what is the best way to say it? If one wants to do something, one should do it. If one wants to do ...
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“Let's you and I/me be fair with each other.”

'Let's you and [I/me] be fair with each other.' 'Let's you and [I/me] indulge in a little bit of reverie.' Should "I" or "me" be used in these two sentences, and why?
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Difference between whatsoever and whatever [closed]

These could be considered across all possible pronouns, say whomsoever and whomever. I'd be pleased to know the difference, if at all it makes any. Merriam doesnt count the difference, just the other ...
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What is the correct pronoun to use when referering to Hatsune Miku? [closed]

This is a question I have been wondering about the last few days, and I'm still not sure if it should be posted here on in the music section, so please excuse me if it's misposted. Hatsune Miku is a ...
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By taking one step at a time or by taking “it” one step at a time?

The sentence was written in a conclusion and the topic is about simple ways to keep healthy. "By taking it one step at a time, you'll be on your way to a more fulfilling life in no time." Does it ...
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“Let's”: similar contractions?

First, I'm aware of this question: "Let's" vs. "lets": which is correct? What I want to know is if there are other similar constructions formed by contracting a verb with ...
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Serial is produced by … and me

At the end of every episode of Serial, Sarah Koenig says: Serial is produced by Julie Snyder, Dana Chivvis and me. The word "me" sounds wrong to me there. Is it? If it's wrong, what is correct ...