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Royal "we" meaning? [closed]

I heard the royals used 'we' instead of 'I'. The royals makes impressed food. So we are gonna roll out the red carpet and spare no expense. Word 'We' means 'I' in this sentence?
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Why are these two verbs in infinitive in this poem of Emily Dickinson?

The Soul has Bandaged moments — When too appalled to stir — She feels some ghastly Fright come up And stop to look at her — I can't help rewriting in my head the last two lines of this stanza, like so:...
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In a construct "but it is the X who ... that Y" can ending "s" really be omitted on a verb Y belonging to a 3rd person singular noun X in this case?

The ocean's depths hold secrets yet to be discovered, but it is the sailor who braves the storms that uncover them. This sentence was generated by ChatGPT and the bot claims that ‘uncover’ verb ...
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Why isn't "witness" the third-person singular form in the example sentence?

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives, for the word witness, an example sentence as follows: (Original Version) Authentic Italian cooking is very healthy —— witness the low incidence of ...
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Do "beaches" and "preaches" end with different phonemes?

Not being an English native speaker, I'm consulting an online tool that seemed to me most reliable in order to get the phonemic transcription of words, called "CMU Pronouncing Dictionary". ...
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They vs it when talking about "your dog" [duplicate]

I have the following example from this blog post: "Your dog gets some kind of reward when they bark. Otherwise, they wouldn't do it." Should it actually be: "Your dog gets some kind ...
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What is meant by the indefinate pronoun 'one' when used in a statement like 'I dont understand why you'd bother'

You'd is shorthand for you would. You is the colloquial for one. So the statement 'I don't understand why you'd bother' is synonymous with the statement 'I don't understand why one would bother'? One ...
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How to change this first person sentence to third person

I am having trouble with not using the first person in a sentence. I know that the first person sentences have "I", "We", "Us", and whatnot. But that is my problem. I am trying to change my sentence ...
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Why "somebody stop me" instead of "somebody stops me" which is grammatically correct?

The famous line of Jim Carrey in the move The Mask: "Somebody stop me!" Grammatically, I believe it should be "somebody stops me" because somebody is third person singular. So, why is it acceptable ...
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"After being" vs "After one has been"

Sentence: "What is one to do, after being prematurely stuffed into a coffin, when one is still plain as day, on the whole, a breathing, thinking, perfectly living individual?" Is the above ...
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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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second person into third person

How do I put "let's start with the year 1688" into third person? I need this for my history paper. I tried googling it but nothing helpful came up. Maybe one of you guys can help?
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Looking for a certain gender-neutral word [duplicate]

This is going to be a bit tricky to ask correctly, so sorry for making you read long, carefully crafted sentences! Sorry if it seem like excess (and it kinda is, but better safe than sorry, as I don't ...
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Third person singular or plural form of "to be" with plural noun in question

A disagreement with a colleague: I say "What measures are your company currently implementing?"; she says "what measures is your company currently implementing?". It seems obvious to me I am right! ...
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Does she have/has to go to school? [closed]

Should I use "have" or "has" in this question? Does she have to go to school? or Does she has to go to school? If I should use "have", then what is the rule which makes me not use "has" here?...
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Word order for a split verb [duplicate]

If I have a split verb, such as "pick up" and I am a addressing a third person, I can say either: I will pick Fred up at 11am. Or: I will pick up Fred at 11am. For the second person, we have: ...
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Should use third person or first person when describing someone's dialogue

Lets say I am describing the interaction between me and a friend (lets say John), to another person (Mike). If the interaction consists of John saying to me 'I don't know the answer, but you do'. How ...
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Which one is correct to use, first-person form or third person form?

In the below sentence, should "implement" need to be in a first person form or third person form as it is now? This Regulation is set up with a view to ensure that subject people comply with ...
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What is the purpose of (-s) in "Don't hurts us"?

Shouldn't verbs after "to do" always be infinitive? If so, then what's the purpose of adding the suffix "-s" ? Image from Middle Earth- Shadow of Mordor || Gollum says: Don't hurts us!
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On third-person singulars in a step-form algorithm description

I wonder whether it is necessary to use third-person singulars for the verbs in the step-form algorithm description, which I explain now. The first version is without third-person singulars. The ...
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What are the advantages of having different word forms for different tenses?

I'm always wondering this question: what benefits can people get from using different forms of words in different contexts? For example: We say "he learns English" instead of "he learn English" but ...
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Why is “bales” the 3rd person singular of “bail”?

Today I come across a video where I heard "But each time God bails Abraham out ...", however, looking at the subtitle, it is "bales Abraham...". I thought the subtitle maker made a typo, but upon ...
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I will discuss in third person? [closed]

What is the correct way of writing "I will discuss" in a third person form?
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When did the South start using the +es third person, present tense verb inflection in Middle English?

In Middle English the Northern speakers started using the +es inflection whilst the South continued to use the Old English form +eð/+eth. When did the South finally catch up with the North and use the ...
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Shouldn’t the sixth “buffalo” in the famous buffalo sentence be in the third person and thus take an “s”? [duplicate]

The famous Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. means: Buffalo from Buffalo – whom other buffalo from Buffalo bully – bullies buffalo from Buffalo. So, the sixth ...
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Should I use singular or plural after "there are many cases where"?

Should I use singular or plural after "there are many cases where"? Example: There are many cases where patient/patients lack/lacks the required knowledge yet they/she work/works it out. As we ...
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Third person 's' with (enumeration of) indefinite pronoun 'each' [closed]

Is it correct to use third person 's' with indefinite pronoun 'each'? Example: If we lose, each member of our team seeks personal potentials for improvement. If so, is it also correct to use third ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'now' third person past tense narration? [closed]

Here's my specific example: Puffing, Ralphie rested her elbows on the guardrail. Body Woman was now talking to a bald super spy. (For context, Ralphie is on a balcony looking at Body Woman and ...
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Implicit would allows for eliding "s" of third person conjugation?

I'm on a pinch here: Then when a request comes, the server can compare the version number present in the digest with the current version of the site, and only push assets that have changed ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper? [closed]

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Is it leads to or lead to in this case? Always a bit confused about this

I'm writing an essay in english and unfortunately english isn't my first language. I'm worried about the following two possibilities: A: Different scattering potentials lead to different cross ...
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second or third person: addressing a single person in an email to a group [closed]

How do I address a single person in an email sent to a group? We are discussing a project in an email thread that has multiple members. What is the correct way to address a single sentence to only ...
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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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using has to or have to [closed]

I have example of two sentences here He has to write a report.' with he, she,it we will be using has. but why we are using have here instead of has with "She" She doesn't have to wear a uniform to ...
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What is a reasonable definition for "is"? What is the rule for inserting it in a sentence?

I am learning a foreign language with the help of an excellent tutor who speaks enough English for me to be able to understand them. The deal is, essentially, I correct their English if they teach/...
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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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"'Hello', says he. 'Hello', says I" — is this correct?

I'm reading a novel in which once in a while a character says something like "I are", "He do", and similar stuff. I understand the author is just reproducing the way people talk on the streets. ...
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Should I write documentation on first person plural or on third person singular?

I'm a Spanish computer programmer and I usually write code and documentation in my native language, but lately I'm trying to migrate them to English. The point is this kind of writing is quite formal (...
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Is it ok for me to switch from first person to third person here, or can I do this better in first person?

I’m currently trying to update my résumé from my tired old version to something more up to date. I’m currently having a little trouble with wording here: I’m a self-directed learner who has taught ...
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How to use "if you will" in third person

How would one say "if you will" in third person POV? I'm constantly finding myself wanting to type this phrase in papers but I usually refrain from it since "you" is second person and my teachers are ...
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