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Questions tagged [personal-pronouns]

For questions about pronouns that refer to a specific person or thing, like 'he', 'she', 'it', or 'they'.

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Use of pronouns with mythical creatures

How should we refer to such figures from mythology and occultism like: Lucifer, Fenrir, Scylla, Astaroth, Beelzebub, Baphomet, Minotaur, Golem, etc - he, she or it? Famously, the general rule is to ...
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What are the correct pronouns for referring to someone whom I have never met in person when the gender is apparent?

I want to mention someone whom I know of only by references on the Internet such as forums and blogs(clarification: I want to write about the person, not to write to the person). This person uses a ...
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pronoun for countries

In the following, is it correct to use the plural pronoun they (along with the plural verb) to refer back to Japan? Will Japan get back up if they experience another recession?
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Who are the TWO?

In the context below: Any of the varieties of IEEE 802.11 wireless network begins with an access point, or AP, a network node connected directly to a wired local area network or to the Internet....
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Can I use two identical pronouns to indicate different people or stuff in one sentence?

For instance, I would like to speak as follows: The black ants like to eat the liquid produced by aphids. In order to earn their own livings, the black ants help guard and feed their young. As ...
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“me and the other” or “I and the other”? [duplicate]

this post says I'm asking the same question as the linked one, I simply don't have enough reputation to comment yet, but hopefully, this one will more clearly explain what me and the other asker ...
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Singular–plural choices in subject+verb agreement, notional agreement, and pronouns with ambiguous antecedents

The original version of a particular sentence: EWB is a group of engineers that, unlike many engineering corporations, assist people around the world by applying its knowledge to solve problems in ...
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“bring he and…” VS “bring him and…”

Consider these statements: Don't worry about Matt. I will bring he and John home after the party. Don't worry about Matt. I will bring him and John home after the party. Is one preferred yet ...
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My wife and I VS My wife and myself [duplicate]

I've learned how to use "My wife and I" in a sentence. There are a lot of interesting materials on the internet: https://www.grammarbank.com/my-friend-and-me.html http://www.english-for-students.com/...
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Use of “she” for a general person in a scientifical paper

In this scientific paper published in 2007, the authors wrote (page 684): Note: you don't have to understand the technical part of the following paragraph to understand my question. The set of ...
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Using she for a steamer [duplicate]

Is the steamer being personified in the following sentence -- The steamer was delayed by the storm. She came into port a day late. Why is she used for a non living thing?
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Say I OR Say me

I was encouraging my students to speak English. I was asking a question: Who wants to sing a song? Say I. Another teacher stopped me, "You should've say; Say me." Which one is correct?
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Should 'his' or 'him' be used in this sentence?

Up till now it seems that you have been experiencing his emotions, and sharing his thoughts, without his being any the wiser. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix The reason why I ask is ...
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Personal pronoun (when the sex is unspecified) [duplicate]

Trade allows each person to specialize in the activities she does best. Why exactly she (and not he)? Don't we use they in such cases (unspecified sex)?
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How to understand the use of 'only' in this context

The king and queen rushed the girls to the trolls, mysterious healers who knew about magic. A wise troll named Grand Pabbie saved Anna by removing her memories of Elsa's magic. He explained that she ...
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How to tell someone that the boss told me to tell them to call the boss?

The situation is my boss said to me to inform Person1 to call the boss. He said to me that he wants you to call him. Is this correct? Or can say like He wants you to call me. I prefer to ...
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Use of subjective or objective case [duplicate]

It is not good for you and (I/me) to be seen together. What is proper grammar: I or me?
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Ourselves, together or separate?

When I say "ourselves", am I talking about us together, separate or it actually depends on the context? Example: In the context of a project that involves many people I am talking with a colleague ...
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What do you think “they” refers to here?

This is from part of a text in an English learners’ textbook published in Japan. I am Shusei Yamada, a photojournalist. I drove around the world with an eco-friendly car named “Vasco-5.” The car ...
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“We all teachers” or “All us teachers”

I was talking to an american friend who is a Spanish teacher (I used to be an English teacher). At a certain point she said something and my answer was "We all teachers do the same", then, she ...
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Correct identification of subject and object pronoun placement in sentence

John has sent a book to Rahul. He is a good teacher. Here I don't know who is good teacher John or Rahul. The he Introduc to who. Could you explain me that Rahul is good teacher because the ...
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Can personal pronouns be indirect objects?

As in 'I gave the book to him'.
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How can “We consider here how to … ” be rewritten without the personal pronoun “we”?

We consider here how to solve the problem. I am trying to rewrite the sentence above without the personal pronoun "we". My example is as follows: It is considered here how to solve the problem. ...
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Subject and object pronouns

We had an exercise on Subject and Object pronouns in school. I have a question on the same. Can we use them and they interchangeably? Like in the following instance: It's them over there. They ...
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“as well as I” vs “as well as me”

Should I "as well as I" or "as well as me" in the following sentence? John  visited the party last night as well as I/as well as me.
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“it” vs “the” and “no article”

In the first sentence can I replace it with null articles? And in the second sentence, Can I replace it with the?  If you heat water to 100 degrees Celsius, it/water boils. If you love a man ...
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He/Him buttering sunscreen on my back

We were vacationing at the beach, I/me sprawled on my towel, he/him buttering sunscreen on my back. What should be the correct choice and why? My intuition tells me that me ... him is the correct ...
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When to use “me or I” [duplicate]

I would like to know the correct way to use "me" or "I" Please add George and me to the distribution list. Or is the correct way, Please add George and I to the distribution list.
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He or him? Pronoun

I have a sentence like this There are four people in his family. They are his parents, his younger sister and him. Is is correct if I substitute "he" for "him" in the sentence above?
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Would him or his go for this sentence? [duplicate]

I came across the following sentence in a workbook: There was a possibility of ... (he) going to England. The book says the answer is his, not him. Would him be grammatically incorrect? If so, ...
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Let George and I know [duplicate]

I've received an email from a native English-speaking colleague containing the following bit: Can anyone help with the request? If so, let George and I know. It really seems wrong to me, and I want ...
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his vs him in this sentence

I'm reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson and came across the following sentence. It's taken from chapter 69, "The General": It is physically impossible for him to get out of the turret. Even if ...
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Use of 'it' for a child [duplicate]

Do we use the pronoun 'it' for a kid? Can we say: When the child is young, it wouldn’t know that it hurts when you touch a hot thing as it doesn’t understand hot or cold. "it" before 'wouldn't' ...
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Which one of these phrases is correct? “I and my thoughts” or “Me and my thoughts”?

I and my thoughts on website www.___.com OR Me and my thoughts on website www.___.com Which one of these phrases is correct?
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“They” instead of “he or she”

Please advise how to change the following sentence so that it would refer to the 3rd person of unknown sex (as an additional constraint, we need to start the sentence with "The other person"): I am ...
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“Canary” as a masculine

“I bought him in Palermo”, says the American lady from “A canary for one” by Ernest Hemingway. Why does she use a masculine pronoun talking about the canary? Maybe it is coherent with using “she” ...
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Who or whom, when the person being referred seems to be both a subject and object?

Edit: I am actually a native speaker of English, and I know that "whom" is not often used these days. However, the reason I am asking this question is to better understand grammar, so that I can ...
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Demonstrative vs Personal Pronoun, “This is John” vs “I am John”

Why people introduce themselves on phone by saying "This is John" instead of "I am John"? Which one of "this" and "I" or "he/she" is preferable in different circumstances?
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Possessive Pronouns Usage: Mine, Hers, His

It's mine Which is simple and I can use it without any doubt anywhere. However, the below examples with "his" & "hers" are not that simple to me to use in my daily usage. I want to know how a ...
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Organization: it or its?

When offerering to an organization I have heard that it is better to use use it as singluar (instead of they). But I am confused over this sentence: "In this paper, we focus on the initiative of ...
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“more depressed than her/she”

Please explain the error in the following: He looks more depressed than her but I don't know the reason. Is there any error in it? My book says her should be replaced by she. This confuses me ...
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He/him and I/me: How to use personal pronouns?

I have a problem sometimes to determine when to use these pronouns. I have read other articles before on this subject but I still can't grasp how to use them properly. Can someone explain to me some ...
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Referring to oneselves in plural

I am originally from Poland, but am living in the UK for a long while now. One of the first "thing" that struck me after my arrival, is that some of the people are referring to themselves in plural ...
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“Does” with singular they?

Normally you say: they do not: they does. But normally they is plural, not singular. What happens if they is singular? Can you use say "they does" like you'd say "it does"?
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Personal Pronouns and complement of verb be

Which personal pronouns are complement of verb be? First example: A: It was him who broke the window pane. or B: It was he who broke the window pane. Second example: C: It’s me. Can you ...
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Is it correct to say “Yes, it happened for me and James” [duplicate]

In the context of a network issue some people were facing, a colleague asked: My wifi dropped out and I have to use the network cable. Did that happen to everyone in the office or only me? A ...
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Which is correct: “The teacher spoke to my father and I” or “The teacher spoke to my father and me”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "The teacher spoke to my father and I" or "The teacher spoke to my father and me"? I don't have any solid reason but I feel "The teacher spoke to my father and me." is the correct ...
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Use of “this” and “It”

In te next sentence: We use "this" only in the first question. The answer and the other questions use "it" Is correct? If the above is correct, then the following example: - Is this a gull? - no, ...
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Meaning of you in the sentence

I believe in love and hope. In jamming out by yourself in your room. I believe in having someone tell you You're beautiful. I believe in miracles. I believe in smiling until your cheeks hurt ...
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“It is we whose” vs “It is us whose” [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about writing the correct sentence: It is we whose flat was robbed. It is us whose flat was robbed. The context is this, A family was robbed and they are in a police department ...