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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Naturalness of “Me and xxxxx” as the subject of a sentence in conversational English [duplicate]

I heard an American radio personality, university graduate, was saying, "Me and Adam have discovered a lot of weird things since we came to Japan." I guess the expression above would be a ...
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these data of yours [duplicate]

"These personal data of yours will be shared with authorized public institutions and organizations." Is this sentence correct?
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“Are you she?”… is it proper English? [duplicate]

While receiving a phone call, the man on the other end of the call was looking for another woman. When finished asking for her, he said: "Are you she?" I've always heard "Are you her" and this was a ...
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I wonder if I am being somehow oldfashioned

What is the correct phrasal construction "Protect you and yours" or "Protect yourself and yours"? Are they both acceptable? Thank you.
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What is the politically correct way for one to refer to God? In other words, how can one eliminate gendered pronouns entirely from one's God-talk?

It seems that for one to refer to God as he bothers some people --- and I can see from where they are coming as I, too, oppose referring to God in the feminine and masculine because God is neither ...
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Dealing with pronouns

“You can tell him...." "Me tell him?” Is this structure appropriate? Why / why not? “Me” is usually an object pronoun. I would say that the structure is inappropriate, because “Me” is an ...
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Email local part personal pronoun

John Smith registered domain john.smith under which he'd like to create a personal email address whose local part is a personal pronoun. English-wise, which of the following email addresses would be ...
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Regarding “ this”and “it”

"This"is used to specify objects placed closer. "It "is used for non living things I have seen sentences like This is a pen. My question is It is a pen. .. ..... is correct? Why can't we use" it" ...
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Can the gerund clause take a personal pronoun as its subject in “It’s no use (his?) crying over lost love”?

From a gram­mar book, I’ve have learned that a gerund clause can be op­tion­ally pre­ceded by a per­sonal pro­noun to show the log­i­cal sub­ject of the verb; that is, who­ever is do­ing the gerund’s ...
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Does English use the word ‘thou’ in any situations nowadays? [closed]

Does English use the word thou in situations nowadays? For example, to humiliate an opponent by being overly familiar?
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Why as a subject does the pronoun “I” follow all other pronouns in a list? [duplicate]

Why is this sentence incorrect? I and you can go there. And why is this sentence correct? You and I can go there.
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How can one omit the third-person pronoun in sentences entirely? [closed]

I have a task which involves my having to show how I can write in different ways in English. Thus far, I have shown how I can write in a multitude of ways in a reasonably successful way, but I am ...
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How to explicitly specify non-binary support when using pronouns?

My native language uses the equivalent of he/his as the default gender-less pronoun. When using English (as a second language) most people use "he/she" or "him/her" to indicate a person of unknown/...
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there is, there are with personal pronouns

I almost never see "there is/are" used with personal pronouns. Why do they not get along with each other? 1 There is me in this house. 2 There are them in this town. I think they are wrong. But ...
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Different words for the personal pronoun “you” in spoken AmE: who uses which?

In American English, quite informally, one will hear different words or phrases for the personal pronoun “you” in its plural form. Perhaps it’s a way of making sure the listener understands you mean ...
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Is “meet with X and me” (instead of “X and myself”) liable to look wrong to stupid administrators?

My natural instinct is to write, "X met with M and me in June." But I've noticed that school officials tend to use "myself" in place of "me" in this type of sentence. A related ELU question ...
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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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Is capitalization of the personal pronoun “I” a modern thing in English? [duplicate]

In an answer to a question I asked, the user included an extract from a text seemingly written in older English. Not Old English, but definitely older English, made evident by the fact it spelled e.g. ...
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What's the name of this grammar error: “due to him having…” [duplicate]

I know there's something wrong with the way the indirect-object pronoun "him" and the gerund "having" are being used here, but I can't put my finger on it or find it on Google. Here's another example: ...
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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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Her and her husband proper grammar [duplicate]

I am editing the following sentence, and having an issue with identifying the proper pronoun. “Her and her husband’s journeys and careers have allowed them to travel extensively.” I know the rule ...
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Is there any such thing as noun pronoun proximity?

I have read of Concord (or noun-verb agreement) and was wondering if, is as I have been told, there is a similar grammar rule for noun-pronoun agreement/proximity. When there's a sentence where two ...
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Is it correct to use “their” when referring to a single person when the gender is known? [duplicate]

I have come accross this sentence: There is a 2.5% probability that whenever we measure a woman, their height will be less than 142 centimeters. Is the use of their correct here? Shouldn't it be ...
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Analyzing 'genitive/accusative + V-ing phrase (gerund-participle phrase)' as different constructions

(1) I regretted [his leaving the firm]. (2) I regretted [him leaving the firm]. (3) I regretted [leaving the firm]. (4) He didn’t bother [giving me a copy]. Regarding the above sentences The ...
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Subject & Object Pronoun Question [duplicate]

What is the rule in use here that allows me to use I do in place of me in the second sentence? An Olympic sprinter on a bad day runs faster than me on a good day. An Olympic sprinter on a bad day ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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, let's ...
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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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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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