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Questions tagged [personal-pronouns]

Questions related to personal pronoun, an independent pronoun which can have various forms according to gender, number, person, and case.

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Is the sentence “we are playing with my friend” correct if the “we” only means my friend and me?

My friend says it should be "My friend and I are playing", but I think "We are playing with my friend" is correct too. Is it?
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Am I right in thinking modern usage of the word “me” is drifting to “I”; Is there an increasing trend?

In reply to suggested duplicate question: It may be that I can find some useful guidance from the earlier Answer (for which thanks), but I'm really asking whether there's a general trend, particularly ...
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Is it okay to use “he” when the subject of the sentence is “his wife”? [closed]

This is the sentence in question: While Dev’s wife is in India for a few weeks, he and Miranda spend almost every day together. The subject of the sentence is "Dev's wife", and I'm pretty sure that "...
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Him, his, what is these? I don't get it

I'm not a native speaker of English. I have a section of an agreement. I couldn't understand "him" and "his". Do they refer to agent, third part or principle? Can you help me? For the performance of ...
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Usage of 'I' and 'Me' [duplicate]

Is there any rule as to what is used in the beginning of a sentence, 'I' or 'Me'? Example: 1) I and x are good friends. 2) Me and x are good friends. Which is correct? Or are both of these ...
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Is the signature of a letter a subject or an object?

I want to sign a letter jokingly not by name, but by a personal pronoun. Is the signature a subject or an object? I feel like using object pronoun (me) sounds better, but why? The signature looks more ...
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Which are right choices in: “Can you imagine him/his forgetting his own birthday?”

Which one of the following is correct? Can you imagine his forgetting his own birthday? Can you imagine him forgetting his own birthday? The question was asked in SNAP 2009 and I can't understand ...
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“He” refers to whom? [closed]

"Tom said to Sam that he should go to the shop." In the above sentence, 'he' refers to whom? There is ambiguity here,right?. It can mean either tom or sam. So is the sentence above correct? If not, ...
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Numerical agreement with “Many a” [duplicate]

Does 'many a' take a singular pronoun or a plural one? Many a is followed by a singular noun. So also does it follow a singular pronoun?
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Is it “She having to” or “Her having to”

Which of these is correct and why? Instead of her having to do X. Instead of she having to do X. It feels like the first is correct but I have no idea why.
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A particular occasion for the use of objective forms of personal pronouns

Everybody learns in school that in conventional spoken English one uses "objective" forms of personal pronouns (me, us, him, her, them) for "predicate nominatives" where some conventional formal rules ...
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What is the correct way to say “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever”?

What is the correct way to indicate "Justin and I" as being possessive of our individual lives in this sentence? Is there a way to do this without restructuring the sentence? A friend of mine posted ...
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Duplicate but Still cannot understand the concept? [duplicate]

Personal pronouns are confusing. Which one is correct? She went with him and I. Or She went with him and me. - Susan went with Don and "I" to the office. Or Susan went with Don and "...
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Is it necessary to use personal pronoun with whatever, whoever etc. everytime?

Consider the following sentences: 1. Whatever you give, I'll eat. 2. Whatever you give, will be eaten. Now consider this: 3.a) Whatever happens, happens for good. 3.b) Whatever happens, it happens for ...
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Use of the singular nominative case pronoun [duplicate]

Has the pronoun "me" been discarded from general usage? More and more, I hear people say something like, "He served pizza to my sister and I" or "Between you and I, that dinner was not very good." ...
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third person - personal pronoun for AI ( Artificial Intelligence )?

I'm brainstorming on the architecture for an AI system - and describing the interaction with the world - i keep getting back on the question of - how do i refer him/she/it on the third person? Him ...
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What possessive is used when “everybody” is the antecedent? [duplicate]

Is this sentence right? Everybody is wasting his time. Is his or its the possessive of everybody? Most people use his but in my opinion it should be its: Everybody is wasting its time. I ...
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What's it called when one uses “we” for the second person? [duplicate]

Is there a name for the practice of using "we" when referring to "you?" It seems to me to be most common when an adult is talking to one child or a group of children. E.g. What are we up to? or ...
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personal pronoun vs reflexive pronoun [duplicate]

-You should aim to arrive at any time that's convenient for yourself or -You should aim to arrive a any time that's convenient for you Which one is the correct and why ?
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Professional personal pronouns in casual settings

My brother was telling me about his current company, and expressed that, "we went to a convention center last year". The issue was that he wasn't employed in that company last year. The company ...
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Are states people too?

I am writing a text in which I frequently refer to states and governments as actors. (They negotiate, decide, have preferences etc.). This make me wonder about the correct use of relative pronouns. ...
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Using the term “our narrator” in an analytical essay

I'm aware you're never supposed to use personal pronouns in a formal essay, but this seems like it should be an exception. I've definitely seen this wording written in a formal setting. Is it correct?
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“most literature comes from our close collaborators and us” vs. “…and ourselves”?

Should I use us or ourselves in this sentence? We have worked as a group on plant-hummingbird interactions and most literature in this specific field comes from our close collaborators and us. ...
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Should “it” be used in “There is a table that has a book on (it)”?

Is this sentence grammatically correct?: There is a table that has a book on it. Can I say (or why can't I say if not?): There is a table that has a book on.
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What can I use for plural-you? Should I use “you all”?

It used to be the case that for the second person singular we would use "thou" and for second person plural we would use "you". These days, the "thou"s have been replaced with "you" except perhaps in ...
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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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“I knew this would interest you as much as it did me”

Is this the correct way to write this sentence? I thought about saying, "I knew this would interest you as much as it did myself", but wasn't sure if 'me' or 'myself' would be correct.
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…if one of us dropped “our phone” or “his phone”?

It would be ruinous if one of us dropped our phone in the river, so each of us put their phone in their bag and set them aside. In the sentence above, is it incorrect to say "if one of us dropped his ...
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“Will I open this box?” - “No, you mustn't.”

I'm struggling with "will I" in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct? I know that "shall I" would be fine, but does "will I" work too?
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“A child that smiles” or “A child who smiles” [duplicate]

"Who" is for persons, "that" is for things. Which of the two options is correct - and why is it?
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Subject in sentence with only object pronoun

Let us go is a correct construction in the English language and definitely not: Let we go However, the question is: since us is an object-case pronoun, what is the subject of this sentence?
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Which pronoun should be used to refer to“young figure”: “it” or “her”?

In my writing group, one man wrote this sentence in an except we critiqued: John stood for a moment and watched the lithe, young figure make her way down the street. I suggested it should read "...
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All along, all I was running away from was “me” or “myself”? [closed]

All along, all I was running away from was me. All along, all I was running away from was myself. Which is (more) correct? I understand that if the sentence was simply "I was running away from me/...
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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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Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent “their” or “her” money buying cakes

Can you please tell me if we would use their or her as a possessive pronoun in this sentence? Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent their money buying cakes. Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent ...
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Could one use “our” and “we” in a formal essay?

I'm finding it hard to replace personal pronouns in a formal essay. My sentence: To illustrate this more carefully, we will take the example of the 58th Presidential Election of the United States and ...
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“I am him” vs “I am he” [duplicate]

A: "Cablegram for Mr.Smith" B: "I am him." B: "I mean, I am he." Why the correction? What difference does it make? Similarly: "I am not her" / "I am not she"?
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Use of “she” in memes

There is a certain type of memes that contain the phrase "The guy she told you not to worry about". I am confused about the use of "she" on it, since the only person who tells you something is a guy. ...
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Singular or plural when there is no plural antecedent?

I am not sure if the singular or plural forms should be used in the following. Some people go for the plural, but it doesn't seem to have a plural antecedent. Each month, the school holds a party. ...
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Pronunciation of “xe” and “xyr”

I've been reading a book that includes extraterrestrials that shift from female to male during the course of their lives. During the transition phase, the other characters in the book use the neutral ...
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“You're a louse!” “I?” (Personal Pronouns vs Objective Personal Pronouns) [duplicate]

While reading Atlas Shrugged I've come across a number of conversations similar to the following: Person 1: "You're a louse!" Person 2: "I?" This sounds very odd to me, but I can see how 'I?' ...
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Should we use `personal pronoun` multiple times in a sentence? [closed]

Example 1: Should we say this The authors study the load balancing problem and present greedy algorithms for it. or this The authors study the load balancing problem and they present greedy ...
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Collective nouns and pronoun

The army ordered the zoo to kill all the wild animals. It thought that the animals would get away and harm people if a bomb hits the zoo. Is it grammatical to use the verb 'thought' to refer to an ...
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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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Our/us etc before -ing form

(..) those who stand to profit from our working harder, I've noticed this pattern very often, but I don't know how or when to use it. The following (...) those who stand to profit from us working ...
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With which noun should a verb following “(person) or I” agree?

In the sentence below, should the bolded word be prepare or prepares? When my family eats at home, my mom or I prepares the meal. Normally, I would side with the verb agreeing with its ...
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repeating “I” in a list [duplicate]

I play piano, [I] am sailing and [I] am interested in psychology. Do I have to repeat the I in this sentence? I tried to write it without the "I" but especially the "am" sounds unnatural behind the ...
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“If I was you, I'd wanna be me too” [closed]

“If I was you, I'd wanna be me too” This is a line from the song "Me Too" by Meghan Trainor. See lyrics here. I'm wondering, to whom does "me" refer? Because "if I was you," then "me" could refer to ...
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Possessives (“his”, “her”) versus definite article (“the”)

"He led her by the hand." "I hit him in the jaw." "She closed her eyes." In the first two examples one doesn't say "her hand" and in the second one doesn't say "his jaw". But in the third one says ...
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He, together with she and I? [duplicate]

How do you write the following sentence: Marcelo, together with Angela and I, are going to... Marcelo, together with Angela and myself, are going to...