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In English, "they" is used as a singular personal pronoun when the gender of the subject is not known. As gender politics have evolved over the past half-century, and the pace of that change has accelerated in the last decade, personal pronouns have proven fraught with risk and created traps for the unwary. In response to this, commentors have increasingly ...


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In The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004, that is a demonstrative pronoun with 'that of 2004' standing for 'The company's 2004 revenue'. In My new jacket is better than that one I bought three years ago, that is a determiner, 'singling out' (ie pointing to) the [rest of the] noun clause/group. It is no longer 'stand-alone'. Using 'that one' ...


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In a related question, John Lawler has suggested Quantifier as the designation for each: In linguistics and grammar, a quantifier is a type of determiner, such as all, some, many, few, a lot, and no, (but not numerals)... that indicates quantity. The Wikipedia article recognizes the difficulty of analyzing quantifiers in natural language: The ...


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Instead of referring repeatedly to some male or female subject pronoun, you can use they/themselves to avoid emphasizing one gender or overloading the text with he/she, his/her, himself/herself and so on. The reader can now jump to chapter 4 to reinforce what they have learned in this chapter. Instead of The reader can now jump to chapter 4 to ...


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The pronoun's antecedent is "a leader." So, "his," of course – the backward reference is to "a leader," not to the earlier "me" or "I."


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I thought it should be "Whichever of the six players hits the most home runs wins the contest." This way, both hits and wins agree with the singular nature of the word "whichever" instead of the word "players" which is not the true subject of the sentence. I don't think a comma is necessary after home runs, because the predicate is actually "whichever of the ...


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You would use "X and I" if you and X are the subject of the verb. You would use "X and me" if you and X are the object of the verb. For example: "Smith and I are going to the store." "She gave the apples to Jones and me."


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Should the sentence be: this document sets out the rights and responsibilities of you clients, the Company's, and the concerned third parties'? Or This document sets out your rights and responsibilities, the Company's, and the concerned third parties'. Or This document sets out the clients' rights and responsibilities , the Company's, and the concerned ...


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It seems to me that interpreting "the others" in the sentence The shelf can support a heavier load compared to the others. as referring to "the other load" requires some serious mental contortions. Problem number 1 for that theory: If the "heavier load" is being compared to "the other loads," why is it introduced as "a heavier load" instead of as, say, ...


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If the question is about how do I handle the problem personally, I always try to minimize my usage of the word "that" in order to avoid these instances altogether. "That bike that is blue" becomes "the bike which is blue" or simply, "the blue bike." Therefore: "That that is blue" becomes "that which is blue" or even "what is blue" in some contexts. "I ...



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