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

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Which pronoum do I use to refer a gender-neutral subject? [duplicate]

I want to say that "Feeding from a human doesn't mean killing them" (yes, vampire stuff), but i feel like the them i'm using isn't correct. But I don't want to use he/she because human can be either, ...
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Use of “its” in place of his or her

I've come across the following sentence where "its" is used, instead of using his/her: Unless a parent can keep up with its children, its fate is sealed." [example from Longman Dictionary of ...
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Correct form of “(…) began as me doing X (…)”

I want to write a sentence like this: And so, what began as me just looking for a way to [do X] ended with me [doing Y]. Is this grammatically correct? If not, what would be the correct form? If ...
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What is the pronoun of mom, dad, and I celebrated? mom dad. I are underlined [closed]

Write a pronoun to take the place of the underlined noun or nouns
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Should “that of” pronoun be used after “as well as” in this sentence?

Nearby is the jousting armor of Emperor Ferdinand as well as England’s Earl of Pembroke. Or is this correct: Nearby is the jousting armor of Emperor Ferdinand as well as that of England’s Earl of ...
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How do I identify subjects when quantities are involved?

I'm working my way through The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, and I came across a difficulty. In one of the quizzes, the book asks you to identify the subjects and verbs in sentences, and ...
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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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Parts of speech in sentence “Amber is a real person” [closed]

Specifically I am wondering about the word "person" in the sentence, because at first thought I believed it was a common noun but it is qualifying a proper noun, so I am confused if it is a noun or a ...
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What is the difference in meaning between the sentences“You can be a singer or a dancer” and “You can either be a singer or a dancer”?

Do the sentences have the same meaning ?If they have same meaning,the use of the word"either" seems somewhat redundant in this particular type of sentences as the meaning still remains intact after ...
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Why is there no formal version of “you”? How does one get around it? [duplicate]

Many languages, such as German (and Spanish), have "Sie" (you-formal) as a formal version of you. One can say use "Mr." and "Mrs.", but in a thank-you note / email, there is no formal word for English ...
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Is it appropriate to use “he/she” pronoun to avoid repetition of a noun “user” (or any other) in a sentence? [duplicate]

While writing technical requirements I frequently use the noun "User". When describing user's behavior I put the pronoun "he/she" in order not to repeat the word "user". Is it appropriate? Here is an ...
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I or me at the end of a list [duplicate]

Which is correct? Attendees were Jane, Tom and I Attendees were Jane, Tom and me.
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Is it me or does Grammarly have it wrong: “Your” vs “You're” [closed]

My friend and I are having a debate whether the following is wrong your saying Grammarly is wrong and your smarter. since it's the wrong your. But Grammarly seems to not pick up on it, is it ...
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Personal Pronoun Usage [duplicate]

It had been him and Nina that had decided years ago. Now it was her who had to clean up their mess. or It had been he and Nina that had decided years ago. Now it was she who had to clean up their ...
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What's the origin of the second-person 'we'?

I've often heard the phrase what do we have here to mean what do you have. And also, recently, I've heard a teacher ask one of his students struggling with an assignment: do we have a problem?, as in ...
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You or Yourself in this case?

The only good thing about your birthday is, now everyone else will be getting older sooner than yourself.
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“We” when referring to a team of 1

When contacting different departments of companies many will end an email/letter with something like Sincerely, The [Company Name] Support Team. additionally they will refer to themselves as "...
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Which is correct, the use of “it” or “they” with the word “Audience”? [duplicate]

The Question is about the Sentence: With the lighthearted tone of the play, the audience never doubts a happy ending, and it is never caught up in the tension of an uncertain outcome. Is the use of ...
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use “they” to refer one thing [duplicate]

As you see in this example of online Cambridge dictionary,"they" is used to refer "a porsche". How can it possible?
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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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Is “pick me up some dinner” correct?

Is "pick me up some dinner" correct? It sounds alright, and I said it in conversation, but I can't help but wonder whether it's wrong now.
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Can you start a sentence with “her”? [closed]

Can someone please answer this burning question? Is the following sentence correct? Her and her voice were truly a gift.
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“Whose duty was” vs. “whose duty it was”

I read the following sentence in the book Word power made easy: Charles C. Boycott was an English land agent whose difficult duty it was to collect high taxes from Irish farmers. Is there a need ...
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Another ACT question [closed]

The following question appears in an official ACT study guide: After much deliberation, Waiolo told Miguel that he would be able to drive (him, Miguel) to work on Saturday. Solution: Miguel. In ...
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Conjugation when not substituting pronouns for proper nouns

Pronouns take the place of proper nouns when context allows. However, it seems proper nouns are only ever conjugated in the third person, singular or plural. Is this a rule? For example, if I'm ...
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“By us” vs “by ourselves” [closed]

You can check our privacy policy for more details on how and why data is collected by our partners and ourselves. or You can check our privacy policy for more details on how and why data is ...
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Is “one” correctly used in that sentence?

I've used this sentence but it just sounds wrong a posteriori: "The missing data is the weekends' one." I'm trying to say data is missing only on the weekends. I know there are more elegant ways ...
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Pronoun: what does it refer to here?

In the following sentence, what does the pronoun it refer to? A differs from B in that it is.... I read before that a pronoun refers to the closest name (B in that sentence); however, here it ...
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Is a band referred to by “Who” or “What”?

If someone were to ask what your favorite band was, which of the following would be correct? Who is your favorite band? What is your favorite band? I feel like this is obfuscated by groups named ...
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Is there a grammatical difference with this IDO pronoun then possessive pronoun, or vice versa?

There's still time to make this a rewarding experience for you and your clients! There's still time to make this a rewarding experience for your clients and you!
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How to use *these words -*a photo of yourself** , **a photo of you** , **a photo of yours**."? [closed]

I said to my friend " Can you give a photo of yourself? I have a photo of you but it is too old. Your mother told me that she would give a photo of yours." I have problem in the bold parts. I am ...
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What causes the predominantly female gendering of objects?

In English, objects are not generally gendered, as we have neutral pronouns used specifically for that purpose. I've noticed that when gendered pronouns are used for non-gendered objects, though, ...
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“Including me” vs “Including myself” [duplicate]

Many of them, including me, have similar thoughts about that. Many Koreans including myself weren't concerned about them at all. I'm studying English and wondering how different they are. Could ...
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Why is it “Who do you help?,” not “Whom do you help?”?

I happened to watch a lecturer was explaining word order of English in the beginners’ English learning course in NHK’s - Japan’s largest and publicly-owned broadcasting network – educational TV ...
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Addressing Titanic ship with “she” in Wikipedia Article [duplicate]

I stumbled upon this article on Wikipedia about Titanic wreck, I noticed many times referring to the ship with "she". First I thought it could be a mistake but the article was last edited few days ...
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Grammar, pronounce and tense concerns [duplicate]

I would like to ask how should the following sentences be structured in a correct way from a grammatical and tense( I am referring to past actions) point of view: ''Over the years, my fascination ...
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Using “It” in a Sentence [duplicate]

I have a question regarding using the word it in a sentence. My question is whether I am properly using the pronoun it in the text below: Making mistakes is an expected part of life; it is ...
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Capitalize titles, terms of endearment?

If I have a sentence, "No, dear, you should not." which is dialog second-person, does "dear" stay lower-case? It seems so, even though you would say, "No, Father, you should not." when the father is ...
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use of these or it when referring to something in previous sentence + pronouns +

For only my real eye and my real hand could have the mental pictures “sun” and “earth” as modifications of themselves; the mental pictures “eye” and “hand” cannot have them. Yet it is only of ...
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When do I use capitals when naming the relationship of a person ie; mum, mother, sister, brother,?

George lives at home with his Mum Jenny and older sister Gwendoline.
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Can an implied reflexive pronoun act as a direct object of a transitive verb?

For example, is it grammatically correct to say, "They lay on the ground"? At first glance, one might think that lay here is the past tense of lie, but I'm using lay here as a present verb. We know ...
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Can a preposition be before an adverb?

Ok, this site says The preposition is almost always before the noun or pronoun and that is why it is called a preposition Now, this oxford dictionary says here (adverb) used after a ...
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When are reciprocal pronouns preceded by “to”?

I Have Been reading respect reciprocal pronouns and their rules/uses, but I haven't Found the reason why sometimes they are preceded by "to" .For example: "Brenda and Lana speak TO each other every ...
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Order of subject and object in sentence

Why is: "I and Daniel are talking him to the park" wrong, but "Daniel and I are talking him to the park" isn't. I and Daniel no matter what order are both subjects and him object, so why ...
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Origins of the 'editorial we' and its counterpart, the 'editorial I'

In researching an unrelated EL&U answer, I came across this commentary in an item titled "Hobart Town" in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (November 10, 1829): These three ...
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What are some ways of getting around the overuse of the the indefinite it (or at least using it too much)? [closed]

It seems to me there are simply too many it's in use today (you see, I just used one without thinking). It is a very fine word, to be sure, and performs many useful services. Its overuse, however, ...
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Ambiguous pronouns former and latter

I have two questions about the following two sentences: (1) "One explanation should be accepted over another if it can explain the evidence better." (2) "One explanation should be accepted over ...
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“as X as me/I”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? They are not as sweet as me. They are not as sweet as I.
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use of Article in Sentences [duplicate]

The school provides services of art teacher. or School provides the services of art teacher. which one is correct
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On the principle governing pronoun forms with verbs and after prepositions

As I understand it, the following is a principle (or "rule" if you wish) of English grammar: Finite verbs take subject pronouns: I sing. Non-finite verbs take object/possessive pronouns: That's me ...