Questions tagged [pronouns]

A pronoun is a word that can function by itself as a noun phrase.

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What pronouns should you use after the pronoun one? [duplicate]

For instance, if I wanna write: one should not be judgmental if they don't know the truth. Is this correct? I found this structure e.g. One is said to communicate successfully when he or she is able ...
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One subject for every paragraph?

I've heard that a paragraph should have exactly one subject. I'm looking at the caption of a figure, and wondering if it should be reworded: If the factor model is good, it interrupts the effect ...
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“This”or “that” in this context? [closed]

How is X? Many problems depend on our answer to this/that question. Should it be this or that in such contexts? Or both are equally good?
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence? [migrated]

Many Westerners are startled at the images of America and the West in contemporary Japanese advertising. Their accidental encounter by an American tourist or businessperson on a visit to Japan ...
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What dictionary provides gender association for each word? [closed]

As a nonnative English speaker, I often struggle to define gender in many words. Earth is a “she”, war is “he”, for example, but what gender a word “person” belongs to? Same about thousands of other ...
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Is there any difference between “such”, “this”, “that” in sentences? [migrated]

I know that it's an easy topic but I still have got a lot of adversities with these words. (I know that 'this' and 'that' are demonstrative pronouns.) For example Today the humanity is trying to ...
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Why do people use all 3 components in their gender pronouns? [closed]

When people talking about their gender pronouns, why do people use all 3 components? For example, I identify myself as a male, so I understand the use of "HE", but why people use "HE/HIM/HIS"? Is it ...
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Grammatical placement of an intensive pronoun

Struggling with the placement of an intensive pronoun – can anyone please advise? Gina – mother herself of a teenage daughter – asked me if I was all right. Gina – mother of a teenage daughter ...
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Pronoun Antecedent Agreement (Compound Subject)

I am a tad bit confused regarding the rules of the Pronoun Antecedent Agreement involving compound subjects. Neither the director nor the actors did ______ job. Should the pronoun be used "their" ...
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Whats the best way to phrase this? “Gary Payton tells Marcus Smart that he reminds him of himself” [closed]

Is "he reminds him of himself" correct usage of pronouns in this case?
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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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Is the narration style found in “Little Life” common?

In Hanya Yanagihara’s Little Life, the narration toggles between the four protagonists. When it focuses on either of them, his name is usually omitted and replaced by the pronouns he, his, and him. It ...
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Confusion on using this/that and that/those

I have confusion regarding the use of that/those and this/that properly. My first question: Jobs those are generally involved in a lot of repetitive work are boring. Jobs that are generally ...
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Me or I proper usage in a formal sentence

The President recently sent a letter with the following sentence. I think the last word in the sentence is incorrect and should be “me”. Would someone please clarify this for me please? “It is a ...
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'The Queen That Never Was' or 'The Queen Who Never Was'?

A documentary drama about the American Wallis Simpson (the influence upon Edward VIII causing him to abdicate the throne of England on 10th December 1936) is titled 'Wallis : The Queen That Never Was'....
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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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Object pronouns [duplicate]

I've managed to get myself confused about using object pronouns in some cases. I'm unsure whether it's correct usage, or incorrect, but very common, usage Q: Who is hungry? A: Me or should it be: A: ...
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Is “its” ambiguous in “This bucket is produced in a factory overseas. Its capacity is small”?

I would like to show two sentence patterns: A) The purpose of the capacitor is not to provide energy. Its capacitance therefore does not have to be large. B) This bucket is produced in a factory ...
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pronouns before nouns

I have this sentence: "Tilly laid down in the center of the room, arms under her head and eyes closed serenely." Do I need pronouns before the nouns ie "Tilly laid down in the center of the room, her ...
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“I hope you all/both are doing well” vs “I hope you are all/both doing well”?

Do both convey the same message, or not? I hope you all are doing well. I hope you are all doing well. It occurs to me that the same thing happens with both when I'm only addressing two people ...
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When to use “she's”(short form) and and “she is”(full form)? What is the difference? [duplicate]

Example : He isn't tired but she is. Why can't use "she's"? Why is "she is" used?
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Is the repetition of a pronoun instead of stressing it possible?

In English it is usual to stress a personal pronoun or a noun so as to introduce a departure from the preceding spell of conversation in which is mentioned another agent in relation to the same ...
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Pronoun ambiguity with titles

I was wondering if the use of "it" is ambiguous in the following sentence: "The XYZ is an excellent book, and it was later made into a movie." The use of it refers to the book/XYZ vice versa. Is ...
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Using commas and pronouns correctly in “Not only because, but also” construct

Firstly, I know that there are plenty of questions concerning "not only, but also" construct on StackExchange. However, none of them could give me an explanation for what I am trying to figure out... ...
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Should I use the pronoun “it” with the word “person”? [duplicate]

For instance, is it grammatical? I looked from the window and spotted a person. It crossed the street.
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Something versus anything

"They disregard social conventions without being conscious that they are doing anything extraordinary." Is it also fine(or more appropriate) to replace "anything" with "something" in the sentence ...
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Do all “epicene” pronouns mean the same thing as one another?

There have been many pro­posed epicene or gen­der-neu­tral pronouns that have been pro­posed over the years and have re­ceived some level of use. My ques­tion is: do all of them mean the same thing? ...
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Everyone and plural usage [duplicate]

"Everyone want their homes to be at the centres of cities" Is this correct usage or is there any alternative way to convey the same?
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How many demonstrative pronouns are there really?

Are there only four demonstrative pronouns this, that, these, and those in English, or are there more like thik which is a variation of this and that?
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'I don't know WHOM he is' or 'I don't know WHO he is'? [closed]

I don't know who(m) he is. I'm trying to figure out if I should use 'who' or 'whom' in the sentence above. I'm attempting to reach a conclusion by identifying the deep structure, but I'm not sure ...
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Indefinite pronoun in negative sentence [closed]

Can we write "Everybody didn't know he was a famous inventor."
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How likely is a native speaker to confuse HE and SHE?

As a non-native English speaker whose mother tongue has not distinct pronouns to address male/female third persons, it is trying to avoid confusing he/she in speaking. I wonder how would native ...
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What’s the difference between a reflexive and intensive pronoun?

There are a few types of pronouns, among other there are reflexive and intensive pronouns. Every website I visit, they give me the same examples. E.g. Found on Grammar Monster: • Reflexive ...
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What would “they” refer to in this sentence?

The benefits of addressing, or simply displaying oneself to, a large news audience can be so great that many subjects conclude they are worth the risks of being misrepresented. Would the boldfaced "...
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Object Pronoun or possessive pronoun

I wonder why option (C) is wrong? I think it is still possible that the possessive pronoun “hers” is used to replace “her birthday” Ms. Greelay’s colleagues, who discovered that her birthday is on ...
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Why “him” in “For neuer resting time leads Summer on / To hidious winter and confounds him there, …” instead of it or her?

There is a passage in William's V sonnet that confounds me : For neuer resting time leads Summer on, To hidious winter and confounds him there, Sap checkt with frost and lustie leau's quite gon. ...
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Do we use reflexive pronoun after “Keep”?

Is this sentence correct : We must do regular exercises to keep ourselves fit. Because I read somewhere that we should not use reflexives with the following words: keep, hid bath, turn, stop, start, ...
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Can i use “the same” as a pronoun in this sentence?

He lent me some money on the condition that i should return (the same/it) before November. Is it formal to use "The same" when we want to refer the previously stated thing after a conjunction or in ...
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Genderless subject pronoun writing [duplicate]

I have a question that is in line with times: a non-gender-specific subject pronoun (which I call "genderless" in the title to make it simple to grab). I'd like to ask what form you would choose: he ...
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“Many” as a pronoun at the beginning of a sentence

I am unable to decide if I should use 'many' to express "many people" in an academic writing. It goes like: Many claim that ambiguity is a result of an inefficient parsing. Do you see any problem ...
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'Us students' - Does this apposition need a comma?

Can a pronoun be used in apposition without comma? A few of us students have participated in the match. This sentence looks quite awkward at first glance. Is this sentence gramatically correct? I ...
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Can I use “who” after a possessive?

Example: I punched the man's nose, who cried in pain. I just feel like it's refering to the nose instead of the man, even though the meaning is clear.
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Question Tag for “Each”

Each of the students has done well in the examination, hasn't he? Is this correct question tag or it should be "haven't they"?
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Do you use a subject pronoun or object pronoun before or in a gerundial modifier?

For example: The Pope became the anointed leader of kings and emperors, they becoming his subjects. -or- The Pope became the anointed leader of kings and emperors, them becoming his ...
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Use of the ''it'' pronoun in a sentence

Which one of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Each state stands for a possible configuration of the system, and it is represented in the state space by a point. Each state stands for ...
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Why “it” is used for two words connected with or?

could you please tell me why we use "it" and "that" as singular pronouns in this sentence? Do we always do the same in Eglish or we can you use plural pronouns instead too? : Blockquote Skin too ...
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Using “that” instead of “who”, as a relative pronoun?

When referring to a person, why would anyone use "that" instead of "who"? For example: "The musician that won the award is very creative." instead of: "The musician who won the award is very creative....
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Of mine, of someone [duplicate]

I am wondering why we say "a friend of mine" and " a friend of Sarah" instead of saying "a friend of Sarah's" ? Or is it actually right to say " a friend of Sarah's" ?
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Proper use for “Us” or “We”? [duplicate]

Will you please help me find out what is the right pronoun to use in the following slogan: You + Us = the world or You + We = the world Thanks very much!
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Two pronouns in one sentence

I came across this paragraph on the web: The leather craftsman blogger that Bob reached out to was so enthused about the iPhone case, that he asked Bob if he could do a giveaway. Contestant ...

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