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The distinction between subject and object forms of pronouns. For questions about upper- and lowercase, use the tag "capitalization".

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Whoever vs. whomever where the phrase seems to serve as both indirect object of main clause and subject of subordinate clause [duplicate]

"Would you give my extra points to whoever needs them the most?" Should whoever be whomever? My "opponent" in this discussion is using grammatical terms that I find unique.
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Present tense used with past perfect tense in a sentence

"...,and these things have kept me awake all night". Or ""...,and these things have kept me awoken all night" Although I know the first one is correct ,but to someone who doesn't have an ear for the ...
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“I'm not as good as him.” versus “I'm not as good as he is.” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is more grammatical? "I'm not as good as him." "I'm not as good as he is."
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What case is B in 'Use A as a B'?

For example, what case would 'sword' be in the following sentence: He used the broom as a sword Is it simply accusative/dative? I don't think this is just synonymous to 'general' in 'He acted like ...
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Is it correct to say: I will see you at the Christmas dinner or I will see you at Christmas dinner

I am a native English speaker and was recently checking some work before it got sent out to our company. I am unsure as to whether it is grammatically correct to say: "I will see you at the Christmas ...
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Can object pronouns and possessive pronouns be used side by side without a preposition? [duplicate]

In a previous post on this site, the question was asked, "Can we use two pronouns side by side?" However, the example given (and thus answers offered) didn't quite suit the particular question that I ...
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“Dave saying that really pissed me off” 2 subjects? [duplicate]

So I was teaching and came up with a sentence like this. I'm British and it seems like something I could imagine saying but the grammar seems weird and the students didn't like. I'm NOT TALKING ...
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personal pronouns in object position but subjective case

Why is this right? Give the baton to he who is closest to you when you run by. Does the case of the restrictive clause drive the case of the sentence object?
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What's the proper grammar for “My and my roommate's home…”?

What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..." The rule I learned is it should still be grammatically correct after removing the second part. E.g. after removing "and my roommate's", "...
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Whether the word 'me'or 'myself' is correct?

Should I use me or myself in this: Happy teachers day to all of us … and a special mention to those previously/ currently in the teaching profession…. Fattubhen, nishrin Bhen, ...
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'my picture' - ownership vs. depiction

Consider the sentences: Take my picture [handing over a frame] Take my picture [handing over a camera] (Photo vs. picture being insignificant - a more contrived example could avoid it; as is the ...
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Usage of 'Both'

" Innocence is courage and clarity both." I heard this sentence. Is it correct?
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What's the difference between “the seat in front of you” and “the seat in front of yours”? [duplicate]

I came across an airline announcement and the following question arose. Which would you say it is THE correct sentence, and why? For your comfort and safety, please stow the luggage labelled with the ...
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Usage of We and Us, which is correct in this context?

Which sentence is correct and why? The good thing is us being together again in all situations. The good thing is that we are together again in all situations. Also, if #1 is the correct one, would ...
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Whom, who or that?

Which is the correct sentence? Match me only with people I kissed or people that I am following or Match me only with people I kissed or people who I am following or Match me only with ...
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We three or us three

Does the subject value in the following example need to be "us" or "we". Does it follow the same principle in pluralising the subject where removing one component isolates the correct noun? Dad and ...
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“With my/their/our V-ing…” as supplement to main clause

Here are some news article examples containing 'with my/their etc. being...' as supplement to a main clause: (1) Since the opposing counsel would be the U.S. Department of Justice, and with my ...
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Them or their after despite? [duplicate]

What's the correct usage: embattled customers whose flats are in limbo despite them or their having made the payment? What's the logic?
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Is there a name other than “absolute” for this kind of construction?

In some languages there are absolute constructions like the Genitive Absolute in Greek: Καὶ ἤδη ὥρας πολλῆς γενομένης προσελθόντες αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἔλεγον ὅτι ἔρημός ἐστιν ὁ τόπος καὶ ἤδη ὥρα ...
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He/Him/His VS She/Her/Her

How did her become the female equivalent of both him and his instead of only being a possessive pronoun like his? Is there a reason? For example: She likes him and his dog. He likes her and her dog.
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Whom should I say is calling?

Note, originally my question was "should I ask" instead of what I meant, which is "should I say". Sorry for the confusion. If I do an internet search about: Whom should/shall I say is calling. I ...
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What is the possessive case and the objective case of “ye?”

I know very well that archaically, "thou" is the nominative case for the modern day "you" while "thee" is the accusative case and that there is no distinction between the nominative and accusative ...
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“This looks like him” or “This looks like he”? [duplicate]

Another, easier case question: Obviously, of the two variants This looks like him and This looks like he the first seems more naturally idiomatic. However, is it grammatically correct? I ...
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He looked the same “as she” or “as her”? [duplicate]

"He looked the same as her" or is it "He looked the same as she" I thought the rule was to complete the clause to figure this out such as "He looked the same as she looked" in which case the answer ...
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You and Ted's dinner conversation tonight

This was addressed to a family regarding what they should talk about at dinner that night. Should "you" be "your"? What is the rule?
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Noun case and case usage for “of you” in the clause “that was kind of you”

The clause or sentence, "That was kind of you," uses what seems like a genitive case "of you", but I'm not sure what type of genitive it should be considered. The form of the answer I'm looking for ...
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“It was he/him who/whom I voted for.”

I'm not particularly a grammar pedant, but I thought of this sentence this morning and it has defied my searching skills. It was he/him who/whom I voted for. The question here covers something ...
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New Yorker “Who”/“Whom”

Has The New Yorker changed its "who"/"whom" policy? Recently, I noticed--for the first time in fifteen years of more or less consistent readership---two occasions I considered non-standard, both from ...
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What’s the un­der­ly­ing gram­mar be­hind start­ing off a ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ clause with an ᴏʙ­ᴊᴇᴄᴛ pro­noun?

Yes­ter­day I en­coun­tered this sen­tence (I’ll re­fer to the num­bered words in my ques­tion be­low): This is be­cause many stu­dents think that all of their sen­tences need to be ‘com­plex’ (...
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Can you start a sentence with “her”? [closed]

Can someone please answer this burning question? Is the following sentence correct? Her and her voice were truly a gift.
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Whoever vs whomever in “you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be” [duplicate]

I think I noticed a mistake in Ready Player One: In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was ...
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On the principle governing pronoun forms with verbs and after prepositions

As I understand it, the following is a principle (or "rule" if you wish) of English grammar: Finite verbs take subject pronouns: I sing. Non-finite verbs take object/possessive pronouns: That's me ...
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What case follows “fond of”? [closed]

What case is "I am fond of her"? Dative or possessive? My thought is that this form comes from the Anglo-Saxon, which is still heard in German, for example "ich bin derren bewusst" (I am hers aware) ...
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In this example, is the correct usage 'she' or 'her'? [closed]

In this example, is the correct usage 'she' or 'her'? Jenny administers the second high-dose adrenaline shot and her and Bron change places on the table. Chest compressions are tiring, so they ...
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“My and my sister, Anna Smith's records” or “My and my sister's, Anna Smith, records.” [duplicate]

I'm writing a request letter to my and my sister's high school but I don't how to properly say it. I, Rebecca Smith, would like to request a copy of my and my sister, Anna Smith's Transcript of ...
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Does being in the accusative case guarantee the existence of a direct object?

I want to clear this matter up once and for all. Even though I have already asked a few questions on the site related to the nominative case and the accusative case, I still get confused by one ...
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“…will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together” [duplicate]

With a two-party system, our nation will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together. Do I use who or whom for this sentence? I think that "people" is the direct object and ...
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Construction of “woe is me”

The expression “woe is me” (meaning) looks strange. On the surface, it seems to mean “an unhappy event is me”. Sure, it's an old idiom, undoubtedly reflecting vocabulary or grammar that is no longer ...
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What are the correct names of English cases?

I have seen the three extant cases in English referred to with several different names. Which of these is most correct in describing the respective case? Nominative or subjective? Accusative, ...
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Should it be “you and I” or “you and me” in the song “We are the world”

In the song "We are the world" by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, there are these lyrics: "We are the world, We are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So, ...
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The use of “whoever” or “whomever” in complex sentence

Should the following say whoever or whomever. And why? Each of us is free to pretend to be whoever/whomever we wish to be. This sentence needs an object, right?
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How do you assign Case to sentences with an infinitival clause?

Look at this example: For the butler to attack the robber would be surprising. Here, the butler and the robber are assigned accusative case. Is 'for' assigning case to the butler and 'to attack' ...
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“Each of whom's” or “each of whose” [duplicate]

I have been most certainly sure that the second is the better option until I came across the first expression from a lecture by an American professor on EdX. And an array is a chunk of memory, each ...
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“me, him and Clara” [duplicate]

My friend is starting to write a small book. She wanted me to check the grammar so she can be sure about it. She has a sentence that goes, "me, him and Clara started hanging out in middle school." The ...
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Conflicting who/whom usage rules in a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the sentence "Please gather information on who can serve as a proctor." The he/him, she/her test gives conflicting answers here: One would say "Please gather information on her", but "He can ...
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What is the Old English(Ænȝlıſc/Eald Englisc/Anglo Saxon) Word for “Grammatical Case?”

I am curious as to what the Ænȝlıſc word is for "grammatical case." I remembered hearing a man say it before, but I cannot remember for sure. If I recall, he said something along the lines of "ſe Fæle,...
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Does Early Modern English Have Ablative Case? [closed]

I was thinking the other day, and a phrase popped into my mind that sounds as if I have heard it before, and I quickly realized it is not grammatically correct {on the surface.} It is: "Get thee mee ...
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“All, but her, ” vs. “All, but she, had” [duplicate]

All, but her, had made an attempt. All, but she, had made an attempt. If all is the subject of the sentence, should I use a subject or object in the parenthesis statement? Why? Is this correct ...
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Does “suggest” + another verb go with an object or subject pronoun?

I've found this phrase in an English grammar book: "She suggested us going there." Is it right? I'd say: "She suggested going there to us" or "She suggested we go there" etc ... but I would never say ...
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What's up with “this,” in Old English(Ænȝlıſ͡ċ/Anglo Saxon‽)

I am asking two things here, about Ænȝlıſċ (Old English) First and foremost, see this picture here: – which was taken from this page: QUESTION 1: What is the difference between these two words: "...