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Questions tagged [pronouns]

A pronoun is a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase.

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Little Betty Blue :Give her another

I read this Mother Goose the other day. Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe: Give her another To match the other And then she may walk in two In the third line,is it possible to replace "another" ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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Can I use a person's name instead of the pronoun “you”?

When talking to someone, can I use their name in place of "you"? Is this only used when talking a certain way (e.g. to children)? Or is this not done in English at all? Example: Ann is talking ...
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Explain why “Who is she playing the piano?” is incorrect

A teacher asked me this question and I am having a hard time finding a simple way to explain it for her to share with her students. I`m looking for the easiest way to explain it to her because she ...
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The differences between They and You/One/We?

What is the difference between those 2 groups mentioned in the title? Examples: 1 One says you are immortal. They say you are immortal You say you are immortal. 2 They say you've ...
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When to use what

It is correct to say What FRIENDS were you hanging out with ? What AMERICAN AUTHOR wrote series of books about a .....? I find t weird to ask these questions but I read it in a book.
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Relative pronoun that

I was doing a composition and I had to use the relative pronoun in the pair of sentences. This is the path. He came by this path. And its answer was This is the path by which he came. ...
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Is number before a noun pronoun

I'd like to know if a number before a noun is considered as a pronoun as well. For examples, "2 persons", "5 cars", and so on.
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Ve and vis pronouns and possessives in a book

I'm reading "On the steel breeze" by Alistar Reynolds. For a character named Travertine, he uses "ve" instead of "he" and "vis" instead of "his". This is a passage using "ve": Travertine's a ...
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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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“These” or “those” (or perhaps neither of them)?

From an English Reading test: '[...] Think of an interview as a highly focused professional conversation. You should spend the limited amount of time you have learning about the employer's needs ...
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“The first, it is” or “First, it is”?

In the following sentence, Does the "the" article come before the "first" word? I have two reasons for my claim. The first, it is . . .
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Relative pronoun

Relative pronoun that is usually preceded by its own object For instance - All that glitters is not gold. But if I say All is not gold that glitters It seems to me a bit odd, is it?
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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'What' followed by 'which' [closed]

The present article is a brief report of observations and should not be taken as a comprehensive guideline for what conditions are deemed treatable by doctors and which are not. Your thoughts on ...
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What does it refer to in the passage?

What does it refer to in the passage? Does it refer to U.S. electoral college? States that are teetering between parties are called "swing states." In the past four election cycles, Ohio and ...
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“it happens” or “that happens” in context?

Which pronount will be more appropriate to use in the following context? If you neglect technique during the squate, it may cost several days weeks off because of a high possibility of injury. It/...
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Can a pronoun refer to a non-specific noun?

For example: A professor said that he loves teaching. Is it possible for "he" to refer to "a professor"?
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Any difference between “That would be mine” and “It would be mine”?

In a movie scene, a lady is with 3 others and are chatting. Suddenly, the lady finds a piece of hair on the ground. She picks it up and holds it in her hand and asks 3 others. - "Hmmm, whose hair is ...
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There's no point of My/Me staying here?

There's no point of ( me / my ) staying here anymore. In grammar class, they taught me to use me for the Subject of the Gerund in a case like the one above, which me being the Object of the ...
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Converting Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - “Our” to “Their”

Today, my teacher gave me a few rules on changing direct speech to indirect speech. One of the rules was - 1) Change pronouns - "Our" changes to "Their". After this I was given an exercise. I was ...
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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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“it is impossible” or “that is impossible”?

Tell me please if there is any difference between it and that in the following context. Person 1: Last week I bench-pressed 150 kilos. Person 2: It/that is not impossible because the week ...
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What does the word “it” refer to in this context?

'Crookshanks doesn't understand it's wrong!' said Hermione, her voice shaking. 'All cats chase rats, Ron!' 'There's something funny about that animal!' said Ron, who was trying to persuade a ...
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Usage of double “your” in “what is your favourite place in your hometown?”

Is this question correct? what is your favourite place in your hometown? It’s confusing because a double ‘your’ seems wrong
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“If it helps you” or “that helps you”

I would like to reply to my friend that I can help him later tomorrow. I’m not sure, how big difference it is between these two sentences. I’m free from 8, if that helps or I’m free from 8, if ...
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Correct form of pronoun I [duplicate]

There is a sentence in my book It was me that raised the alarm I am completely confused with this construction. "I" is used with it but here "me" is placed. Second confusion is "who" is used ...
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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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The usage of pronoun “it”

Is it correct if I use it in this sentence? If we pull one's hair, it could hurt the scalp. I'm using it because I'm referring to the action of pulling hair. So the action could hurt the scalp but ...
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“back me up on it” or “back me up this”?

Tell me please which word it is correct to use in the following sentence and why. I think we should watch that movie, and I hope you back me up on it/this.
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Using “They are” vs. Using “He is” multiple times

Q : Who are they? Which answer is correct in grammar? A1: They are Roy, Ryo, And Ory. A2: He is Roy, he is Ryo, and he is Ory.
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using of possessive pronoun

The house is not only wives but husbands too, the children are not only mothers, fathers too. The house is not only of wives but husbands too, the children are not only of mothers, fathers too.
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What “people who care about us” means in this context?

I'm non-native English speaker. I'm reading a book about the Simpsons right now. I read this sentence a million times and still don't understand what exactly the author wants to say. The Simpsons, ...
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Confusion between subject and object noun

The following is my sentence and I just want to understand who "his" refers to: Bruno Mars or Michael Jackson? I like listening to Bruno Mars than Michael Jackson but his dance moves are far ...
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Using “neither I” as a stand alone phrase/sentence

Is it correct to use neither I like this? There's nothing you could've done. Neither I. (I couldn't search examples on Google because neither I is often used at the beginning of a sentence.)
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couple of questions related to pronouns

I'm reading "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation", and there are some tests in the first chapter. There is this sentence, which needs to be corrected: That was Yusuf and me whom you saw. The ...
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“Oxford Guide to English Grammar” says “lime” is a pronoun. But I think it's a noun

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09
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Repeating “them” in “support them rather than abandon them”

Support them rather than abandon them Is the above correct? Is the repeating of 'them' correct? Can we drop 'them' when we use it second time?
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Repeating a body-pronoun in a sentence is obligation, option, or prohibited?

"Yesterday we went to a supermarket and (we?) bought beef and chicken"? The second body-pronoun in the same sentence is obligation, option (=up to you), or prohibited if we are talking about standard ...
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Database is [nothing but] an organized form of data

I encountered a sentence Database is nothing but an organized form of data [...]. and got confused by the part "nothing but". What is it used for and what meaning does it convey here? How ...
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Preposition, Which form is correct?

From the Collins Dictionary's definition of take If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone somewhere, they transport or lead them there. or If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone to ...
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What is the difference between “it” and “that”

I can't understand the difference between "it" and "that". What is the difference between: Was it a problem? Or Was that a problem?
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Michael Jordan's brother who is more athletic than him?

Michael Jordan's brother who is more athletic than him? Is the above sentence fragment grammatically correct? Is the pronoun usage correct? him = Michael Jordan
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Can I use the pronoun “who” after an English possessive to refer to the possessor?

Then Mark held Mary's hand, who was still terrified. (Meaning, "Then Mark held Mary's hand, Mary being still terrified.) Can I use the pronoun "who" in this case, even if the preceding word is not ...
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The usage of “it”

I don't understand what regulates the usage of IT in the following sentences. My statement is based on opinions of natives. For example, they say: 1) What day is it today? - OK 2) Today, it is ...
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Should I use “this” or “that” when I refer to a situation that I have just described?

Should I use "this" or "that" when I refer to a situation that I have just described? William has a certain psychological condition that prevents him from talking. He can listen and understand, ...
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Which is better: that or which

This is the biggest mushroom which I have ever seen. "Which" or "that"? Which one is grammatically correct in this sentence?
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What does the pronoun “they” refer to in this sentence “in how many ways can they select the host for these championships”

I am reading a textbook on statistics. There is confusion about a paragraph in an exercise. If the NCAA has applications from six universities for hosting its intercollegiate tennis championships ...
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part of speech of “all” in “it all went wrong”

Do you think "all" is a pronoun or adverb in "It all went wrong"? Is the "all" identical to the "all" in "Tom removed them all"?
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“One of them” vs. “One of which”

Which one is grammatically correct or better? I have two assignments, One of them is done. I have two assignments, One of which is done. I watched a video tutorial that the teacher said the ...