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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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Which is correct: “between me and Larry” or “between Larry and I”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I agree with the plan worked up between me and Larry. I agree with the plan worked up between Larry and I.
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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use of I and me at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct: I and my father are going to the market. Me and my father are going to the market.
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Why is “be” the only English verb that inflects for grammatical person, not just for grammatical number like all the rest of them?

Why do we say “I am a teacher” instead of “I is a teacher” considering that I is a singular pronoun not a plural pronoun? Don’t singulars always take -s forms? Why does be work differently?
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Should we say “they are high enough as they are” or “they are high enough as it is.”?

I've heard on TV: "We really hope property taxes won't be increased; they are high enough as they are." Would it be ungrammatical to say "...they are high enough as it is."?
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“Angela was reading to Frank and I” vs. “…to Frank and me.” Which is correct? [duplicate]

I stated the following: Angela was reading to Frank and I. Someone corrected me, stating "Frank and me" Which is right?
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When referring to “one”, use “his” or “their”? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically correct? There is nothing like an animal attack video to remind one of their mortality.
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Me, myself, or I?

a) I am surprised that someone other than I had a cat named Hamlet. or b) I am surprised that someone other than myself had a cat named Hamlet. or c) I am surprised that someone other than ...
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entailed him / his being - use of pronoun vs possessive determiner [duplicate]

The position entailed him/his being in Chicago most of the time. The bonuses were based on him/his reaching the quota. It had nothing to do with him/his being privy to the information. His ...
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“It is me whom she loves” or “It is I whom she loves” which one is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

It is me whom she loves or It is I whom she loves Because I know that "It is I" is grammatically correct.
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“I” or “me” in one word question [duplicate]

Which of the two is more correct, when one wants to make sure whether he/she is a subject of the statement (ex. the sentence is addressed at two people, and one of those two people wants to make sure, ...
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“They interviewed several candidates who/whom he thought had the experience he required.” [duplicate]

They interviewed several candidates who he thought had the experience and qualifications he required. My test prep book says this should be "who" because of the subordinate clause's predicate: ...
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“The new guys are dressed a lot nicer than we/us” [duplicate]

Does anyone know the correct word choice between "we" and "us", and explain the reason why? Thanks!
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When to use “myself” or “me” [duplicate]

Which is grammatically correct? "Request you to register me for the course" "Request you to register myself for the course"
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'Let's get our socks on'/'Aren't we clever' Pronoun Usage

I sometimes hear people using us, we etc. when talking to young children in order to refer to the child: e.g "Let's get our socks on"; "Aren't we a clever boy". For how long have people done this? Is ...
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Using pronoun “it” instead of (personal) pronouns “her” or “him”

Can pronoun "it" be used instead of (personal) pronouns "her" or "him" in a disparaging/derogative manner especially in the personal pronouns? I've watched a movie wherein a dead body was found and, ...
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“It is fun to be him/he.” Which is correct?

Would you use him or he in the following sentence? It is fun to be him/he. A teacher told me that you use the object form after the infinitive of to be. Is this true? I am a native English ...
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What does “themself” mean? [closed]

My English teacher explained about themself and themselves. I don't really quite understand though.
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Usage of myself vs me [duplicate]

"Please summit your registration forms to John, Jay, or myself before the end of the day." My homework says "myself" is incorrect and "me" should be used in the context of this sentence. I don't ...
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case: 'my' or 'me'? [duplicate]

Thank you baby for my being able to share this with you or Thank you baby for me being able to share this with you Which is correct?
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“I and Jane” or “me and Jane”?

So I know that it's correct to say: Jane and I are going shopping I shouldn't use me here because (as stated on Oxford Dictionaries Online) I is what I would use in the singular form of the ...
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Third-Person Possessive Pronouns in Dual Possessives [duplicate]

I understand the rules for dual possessives, but I was writing and I realized that I have no idea how the following sentence should be written. She and Kevin's house is big. or Her and Kevin's ...
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“Looks more genuine than me/I writing”

In the following sentence, which is more appropriate — I or me, and why? Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me/I writing on behalf of everyone.
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Is there a gender-neutral pronoun? [duplicate]

I've noticed a tendency in recent technical literature to use feminine pronouns, instead of the more traditional masculine. For example one might write she [the user] enters her password. It's not ...
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What to call a person who doesn't respect personal space? [closed]

What would you call a person that doesn't care for your personal space and is kind-of sticky and doesn't get the hint that people are awkward around him/her and generally avoid him/her?
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Given “a player” as antecedent, when should the pronoun be “he” or “she”? [duplicate]

I am learning game theory. I always see that professors write (in text books): a player chooses her strategy If she chooses a strategy Also some professors use he instead of she. There other names ...
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Is “Hers was a good point” grammatical?

Would it be grammatical to say: Hers was also a good point to include a header specifying the contact person. as opposed to: It was also a good point she made to include a header specifying the ...
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Term for the use of “you” to refer to “the hypothetical person in question”

My wife was discussing pudding consistency this morning and used a sentence along the lines of, "I only like the pudding you make". I blinked and asked if she really liked the pudding I make and she ...
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The English usage of the subject pronoun “We”

Can "We" be used as an indefinite pronoun such as "Everybody" or "One" to refer to people in general. Example: One cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs. It is a (French) proverb originally ...
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“Older version of me” vs. “older version of myself”

I wrote: "...," said an older version of me. But a native speaker of English — which I am not — replaced the me with myself. Can someone tell me which one is correct and why?
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Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?

Is insisting on a genitive pronoun after "In the event of ..." pedantry or correct? For example: "In the event of ..." his/him winning the election my/me dying our/us leaving For those who advocate ...
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Pronoun for antedecents of different gender connected with “or” ,“either… or…”

I know that the sentence "David or Michael forgot to take his parasol" is correct. But what about the case when two opposite genders are connected by or? David or Alice forgot to take _ parasol. ...
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Usage of Me or I [duplicate]

This is kind of a basic question, but I would appreciate your input. If you're describing a photo of you and a friend, do you write: "My friend and I" or "My friend and me" I understand the ...
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Why are words like “Thou” and “Thee” no longer used in English?

When going through old English literature, especially stories and poems, we can see they have been full of words like "thou" and "thee" etc. Some of my English teachers told me that they were used ...
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As/so sth as: subjective or objective pronoun?

Which of the following is the correct grammar usage? We scored as many runs as they. We scored as many runs as them? Wren and Martin says nothing about this case. Please explain the rule ...
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Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?

So, my boss comes in, railing that "English is a stupid language!" Since this is pretty much a thrice-weekly occurrence 'round these parts, I barely raised an eyebrow, and waited for him to continue. ...
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You yourself - double pronoun

You have made it up yourself. This is obviously ok. But if the pronoun it should be repalced by a long noun-phrase: You have made up the illusory world in which you move yourself. It would ...
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___, ___, and I am/are…

What is the proper way of saying: "Jim, John, and I am going to the beach." Whenever I say "Jim, John, and I are going somewhere", I stumble over "I are going". Should it be "am" or "are", or ...
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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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 than "...
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Between you and (“me” or “I”)? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "between you and me" or "between you and I"? I am not a native English speaker, so please bear with me.
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“the growth of he and his sister” in this sentence from the Guardian

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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What do you say when you don't know someone's gender? [duplicate]

For example, I want to refer to someone on the internet, but I don't know this person's gender. Which personal-pronoun do I use? (as article I mean he, she, it, etc)
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Unisex word for 3rd person? [duplicate]

What can you call a 3rd person who's gender is unknown? He - Male She - Female I've never heard of an unisex word for 3rd person.
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Usage of Personal pronoun “I” [duplicate]

Books like word power suggest "Ramu and I are going to theatre today" may be wrong. Does "Ramu and me are going to ..." a right structure.
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Which pronoun to refer to “person”? It? He or She? They?

"When he found his seat on the plane, Sam recognized the person who was sitting in the seat next to his. It? She? was a woman he knew." Which is more common/natural? Isn't 'it' more correct – ...
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Are pronouns for non-universal divines (such as “Zeus”) capitalized?

When following the formal English rule of Reverential Capitals, any reference to God Almighty is capitalized, as are equivalent non-Christian entities such as "Allah" or the neo-pagan "Goddess" (and ...
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Narrative in second person: singular or plural?

The lack of distinction of singular-plural pronouns for the second person in English (quite strange for native Spanish speakers, as myself) is usually unimportant, I guess, because the ambiguity is ...
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How to avoid this repetition

I have the following sentence: He grabbed the Duke's shoulder and turned him to face him. Without pronouns for disambiguation of the two occurrences of "him": Vigil grabbed the Duke's shoulder ...