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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Is it correct to use she in my sentence?

Another negative experience with that doctor was when she did not provide enough explanation about that investigation. Should I use "she" or another pronoun?
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with my/me being a

Worst of all is Waking‘s overreliance on colors for its map interface. I’m trying my best here being told to go to the exit via the magenta dots on the map. Or if I have to complete a nearby objective,...
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Is it correct to omit ''I'' in my sentence?

Is it correct to omit the personal pronoun? I previously activated (a substance) it but also (I) made it without activation. Sorry for the incomplete question.
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Which pronoun should I use in this sentence?

Let's say I am talking to a person named Mike about another person David. Now if I want to tell Mike to talk to David only about a issue, then should I say: Please speak to David himself about that. ...
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Is there such an expression in the English Language: "In them days" [duplicate]

On a video on BBC web site, the speaker says this; In them days, that just did not happen. It struck me as soon as I heard it. And luckily there is the subtitles. It clearly says "In them days&...
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Reference of "they" when repeated in a sentence

What does the second 'they' stand for from a grammar point of view? I like dogs, they like hoops, they are my friends.
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can you put me after after a name like Tim and me? [closed]

I found something that said, "Tim and me". Are you supposed to put "me" after a name? I tried to put "I" in except it won't work.
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Is it okay to ommit personal pronouns in such situations?

I'm wondering if it's considered casual and natural to start sentences without the pronoun, or if a native English speaker would find that odd and feel that I'm either being way too casual or that I'm ...
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Is 'the same (thing) as (possessive pronoun)...' grammatically acceptable?

Swan's book explains: In short answers we use me, him, etc. (informal) or I, he, etc. with a verb (more formal). The same thing happens after as and than. Informal I've got the same number as him ...
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What is the difference of the word "me" in these two sentences?

What are the grammatical terms to describe the two different ways of using the words "me" in these two sentences? This is me Kill me I found out that there is a difference between these ...
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Can I repeat the subject in a sentence?

I have the following excerpt in a paragraph Professionals in the pain management field believe PE influences physiological mechanisms and outcomes of pain. They consider they should use PIs to ...
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Does a subject “it” refer to the preceding subject or preceding object if both might fit semantically?

In a technical text, I once wrote a sentence similar to the following one: As the aforementioned notion of the maximal doodad is based on the long thingum, this notion targets extended hickeys, such ...
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I can’t give you anything but love

As I understand it, personal pronouns are often used in English, but this phrase doesn't contain a pronoun "my", i.e. "... but my love." Why is it so? Will it be the excess word ...
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What is the difference between 'us' and 'ourselves' in the following sentences?

What's the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? Sometimes we look to others to convince us of what we want to believe. Sometimes we look to others to convince ourselves of what ...
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Should it be "Who is it" or just "Who is" in "Who is it going to pay for it?"

I was just talking with my family about selling a computer and my aunt said: But, who is going to pay for it? And I wonder, shouldn't she have said it like this: Who is it going to pay for it? ?
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How do I change "I am sure" to a second/third person pov?

I'm sure you wouldn't want your writing to smudge and fade - how do I change this to a second/third person pov?
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What does 'they' refer to?

Sometimes I have difficulty identifying pronouns. What do all the 'they' and 'them' refer to? Do they all refer to children? Children’s limited life experience and their level of intellectual ...
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Why "yourself" instead of "you"?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) movie, Tom says to Harry Potter about Hedwig, an owl: Tom: Right smart bird you got there, Mr. Potter. He arrived here just five minutes before ...
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decided by themselves/them/them themselves [closed]

Which of the following options is correct? There are more and more career women. Their value is decided by them / themselves / them themselves.
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Which pronoun should be used for the country Germany in a tag question?

What will be the tag question of the following sentence? Germany is a beautiful country, isn't {she/he}? Shouldn't we use the pronoun "she" as country is always considered as motherland? ...
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Pronoun or noun?

In one of the Batman movies, the Joker greets someone as "Hello, beautiful". Is "beautiful" a pronoun in this case? If it is not, what would you call it? Thank you
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Which is correct "your" or "their" when combining questions?

What is one to do when they are locked out and therefore unable to access the Slack support channel, or have to email sysadmin from an address other than your work one? I came across the above ...
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What are the rules for using : it's or its?

I am often corrected on StackExchange for writing it's instead of its Few minutes ago : I start a game by it's shortcut ==> I start a game by its shortcut I am (quite) sure that when I was young, I'...
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Which is correct: Betty and he are friends or Betty and him are friends? Please explain. Thank you

Isn't it him is an object pronoun and not subject pronoun. Why do we need to use Betty and him and not Betty and he? Please explain. Thank you.
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It is difficult to accept (it)

I am speaking about a man who receives a piece of advice from a friend, but because the advice entails radical changes in his life he replies: Your advice is so demanding, it is difficult to accept! ...
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What is the correct Object Pronoun to complete the sentence "I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like ____"

What's the correct object pronoun to complete the following sentence, "it" or "them"? "I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like _____." Edit: Do I use the ...
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When public speaking, use "you" to refer to a group of people or a person?

Question 1: When we deliver a speech, do we use "you" to refer to the listeners or refer to each one of them as we are talking to him/her personally? Talking to all of them (use "you&...
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being late or my being late?

Are you angry with me because of my being late? Are you angry with me for being late? Is it considered a good practice to add the personal pronoun in this case as in the first example? Does the ...
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I brought my pen, (my) keys, (my) bag etc

Do I need to repeat a personal pronoun every time I use some noun with it? I brought my pen and pencil or I brought my pen and my pencil What if we have more nouns? I took my glasses, my phone, ...
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Which one is more acceptable? [duplicate]

Which one is more acceptable? 1. Each boy and each girl has done his duty. 2. Each boy and each girl has done his or her duty. 3. Each boy and each girl has done their duty. Edit: Here ...
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Need clarity regarding Third-person-singular conjugation in a sentence

I am having troubles understanding whether I should add an "S" at the end of a verb or not. The sentence is: "We are a human company that, through design and engineering, develop automation solutions....
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Using "it" to refer to a person in "The suspect is not... It is..."

a. The suspect is not the man who was talking to John. It is the man sitting next to Sally. b. The suspect is not the man who was talking to John. It is the person sitting next to Sally. c. The ...
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Adverb clause of comparision

example1: “He is wiser that I” example2: “He is wiser than me”. I know example1 is correct and example2 is grammatically wrong. But please check the below conditions Sentence1: “I found her ...
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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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Can I use the plural pronoun "they" 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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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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Story telling: me and SHE (or) me and HER?

Usage (1) Me - "You're beautiful." She - "Thank you. You're so kind." Usage (2) Me - "You're beautiful." Her - "Thank you. You're so kind." Which one 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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