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“Being [he/him] is not easy.” Which is prescriptively “correct”?

"It is I" follows a well-known prescriptivist rule This question is about prescriptive grammar. It’s a fairly well-known prescriptivist rule that “me, him, her, them” (in other words, pronouns in the ...
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What stylistic or grammatical reasons prevent users and grammarians from reaching a consensus in the debate over the comma splice?

This is not a duplicate of earlier questions asking whether or why the comma splice is an error, because I am asking about the debate itself: unlike many another grammar rule that is widely accepted ...
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In search of a Grammar text, of any vintage, that covers such as the below

I've searched websites, written to Mr. Barth and William Safire, scanned bookstore shelves, and buttonholed likely prospects in search of a grammar text that would address matters in the manner of the ...
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“a” verus “an” for abbreviations starting with 'U'

My friend is implementing an app for Amazon Alexa which currently speaks the indefinite article "an" in noun phrase acronyms which start with the letter 'U', for example: (1.) *I found out he was an ...
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Is “there is no longer enough resources” correct?

Is "there is no longer enough natural resources to support economic growth" correct? Should it be There are no longer enough natural resources as verb should agree with noun "resources" which is ...
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How does one use an apostrophe when introducing a person and their belonging? [duplicate]

Daniel runs into Nancy's, his sister's, bedroom. Daniel runs into Nancy's, his sister, bedroom. Daniel runs into Nancy, his sister's, bedroom. Out of the three statements above, which one is ...
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Defining and Non defining Relative clauses

Is the following sentence a define or not defining relative clause. Since, when we remove the part enclosed in commas, the remaining part doesn't make sense, I think it is a defining relative clause ...