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

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What is the structure of "To do, that is ..." [duplicate]

Henry David Thoreau: To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. What is the structure of this sentence? I think it's safe to simplify to "To do, that is A". Is it a ...
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It/that is one of the most surprising things I've heard today - can we use "it" from the very beginning?

Usually, people use "this" or "that" to refer to something and then use "it" to refer to that something. What if we use "it" from the beginning instead of using ...
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is "capturing moments for social media" correct?

I wrote: ...a considerable part of Americans admitted that they put the goal of capturing moments for social media before living the moments themselves. is this correct or should I use "on"...
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An analogy often given for sound is that of ~

An analogy often given for sound is that of throwing a small stone onto the surface of a still pond. Does the 'that' mean an analogy?
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I am confused about the correct use of "what" in this sentence

Is the sentence below a correct sentence? If so, what kind of a sentence is this, and what is the role of the word "what" in this sentence? Is this sentence supposed to be an exclamatory ...
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I wouldn’t have any more to drink, if I were you

I wouldn’t have any more to drink, if I were you. Does the sentence look idiomatic, sound idiomatic, or look or sound grammatical? 'more' in "any more" could be an object "as a pronoun&...
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"In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?"

Which is more grammatically correct: "In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?" Also "Where are the _____?" vs "Where are the ...
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Is "of each" a phrase?

Those interests, I contend, authorise the subjection of individual spontaneity to external control, only in respect to those actions of each, which concern the interest of other people Essay: On ...
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What does the pronoun "them" refer to?

The following is an excerpt from my English textbook: These beautiful hats are replicas of Gwanmo. The kings of Korea often gave them to local leaders as rewards for their loyalty. The hats are well-...
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Why is it "your" and not "yours" in "to see your on Amazon account activity"

I have read on the Amazon Pay page: You can find all your off Amazon account activity here. Click Amazon Orders below to see your on Amazon account activity. Why does it say "your"? As far ...
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they only care about themselves

These people only care about themselves. Is this sentence ambiguous? Each of them cares for himself or herself They care about themselves as a group and take care of each other. I'd think it would ...
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how good is your relationship with them?

How many of your high school friends are you still in touch with and how good is your relationship with them? Is the above sentence grammatical and meaningful? Does 'them' refer to 'your high school ...
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Why 'They are us' and not 'They are we'

I'm wondering why in the sentence "they are us" it is used the object pronoun us instead of the subject pronoun we. A general rule is subject + verb + object, then I assumed the reason could ...
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Is it correct to use she in my sentence? [closed]

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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What is "Them" related to in this text?

in the NY times headline I found this: "Traffic deaths in New York City have risen to the highest level in eight years. A new campaign aims to shock them into slowing down." what is "...
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Myself do or myself does?

Pronouns like “myself” and “himself” can also be used to add emphasis to a sentence, and when they are, they’re called intensive pronouns—same words, just a different name because they're used ...
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Those / These / They

Here is a piece of the text I'm writing now: The region was populated by Indigenous Australians who managed to preserve their traditional crafts. They / Those / These included ceramics, leather ...
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appropriateness of 'the latter' in this sentence

This is from a webpage. The performance of bilateral intracluster blocks on cadavers resulted in 25% of specimens having subperineural ink on histologic examination, with 90% of the latter being ...
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Does "the one" refer to the red book or just a book or are both possible?

I don't want the red book on poetry, I want the one on science. Does "the one" stand for "red book" or simply "book", or maybe both are possible?Thank you.
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use of 'those' for clarity in this context

This is from a webpage. All patients successfully underwent ultrasound-guided SCB regardless of approach, and there were no complications directly related to the technique including pneumothorax or ...
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Using One To a mean A Person

Is it plausible to use “one” at the end of a sentence? As in, “one has to have a reasonable trait.” rewritten as “being reasonable has to be a trait of one.”
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"I" Pronunciation in a Contraction

I know that pronoun "I" is pronounced as the name of the letter "I". I was listening to a song when I heard the singer said "I'm" and she pronounced it like /ʌm/ instead ...
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What is a noun clause?

That was she woke up in the middle of the night. Is the clause [she woke up in the middle of the night] a noun clause? Thank you.
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Demonstrative pronoun doubt

Solutions in this category focus on mental health and mental diseases, primarily using AR/VR technology to conduct different kinds of therapy. Some examples of this include behavioural therapy, done ...
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Should it be "as me" or "as myself" in the following?

I'm sure I'll meet you again as me/as myself, not as a client. (Meaning that their relationship was businesslike, and the speaker wants their relationship to be more personal the next time they meet.)...
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"The same as him" or "the same as he"?

Imagine your friend ordered a pizza ai quattro formaggi. You want to eat the same thing. What would you say? The same as him. The same as he. The same as he ordered. The same as what he ordered. ...
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Which to use "ones" or "them"

John) Have you seen a koala? Paul) Yes, I've seen one in the zoo. I suppose you should say "I've seen one", not "I've seen it" here. How about the following question? Have you ...
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What are the different kinds of personal pronouns in English? [closed]

I'm learning pronouns at the moment, and in my book it said that their are different kind of personal pronouns such as reflexive pronoun, subject pronoun, etc. However, there isn't enough data for me ...
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What kind of pronoun is "her" in "without her trying"?

In Bruno Mars' song, "Her hair falls perfectly without her trying", is the her in bold an object pronoun or subject pronoun?
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Is using "they are" grammatically correct when referencing a single person? [duplicate]

Is using "they are" grammatically correct when referencing a singular person? Like for example, "They are going to go to the grocery store". If it's not then is using you're or you ...
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Is using "it" after the em dash ungrammatical here?

The thought of going to that scary mansion again—it paralyzes me. This sentence should be The thought of going to that scary house again paralyzes me. Is it ungrammatical after adding the em dash and ...
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I vs me with "there are"

Which of these sentences is correct and why?: There will be three people: he, she and me. There will be three people, he, she and I. In this example the three people are the subject or the object? I'...
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He and I or He and me: which one is correct?

Should I use "He and I" or "He and me" I know the correct one in this context is "he and I went to the store", but if I remove "went to the store". Which one do ...
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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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Question about pronouns: using a pronoun when the thing referred to is understood

I have a question about the use of pronouns. The definition is that pronouns are used for substituting a noun or a noun phrase. But in a real-life context, the noun or noun phrase might not be ...
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Can singular 'they' be used for a person whose gender is not clear from context?

Referring to a singular person (a lover in this context) whose gender is not clear from context, can we use 'they' instead of 'he/she' in this context? After thousands of doctor's prescriptions (went ...
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When you see one/her, she is usually busy looking after patients - talking about a general idea

In example 1, "one" is used first and then "she" is used; in example 2, "her" is used first and then "she" is used. To my ears, both examples convey just the ...
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is it clear that what "it" refers to in the following sentence?

Poverty seems to be the immediate cause of the unprecedented rate of crime. Lack of discipline also can be considered as the underlying cause of it. Does "it" in the above text clearly ...
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Verb *be* followed by nominative or accusative case of the pronoun

It is I who need your help. It is me that needs your help. Source Practical English Usage In the first example, the verb be is followed by a nominative case of the personal pronoun and the relative ...
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"one" vs "it", "they" vs "ones"

I don't know how to to choose correct one. I know I can say: I like fishing and I'm good at finding "it" in the river. I brought some apples because you like "them". I brought ...
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It's us! / It's we!

It was him who meessed up everything. It was he who messed up everything. It's them who was there. It's them who were there. It's they who was there. It's they who were there. It's me who is sorry. ...
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Refering to plural using it/they

This is from Animal Farm ... and surveyed with speechless admiration the ploughland, the hayfield, the orchard, the pool, the spinney. It was as though they had never seen these things before, and ...
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Why should I use "the" instead of "this" in this sentence?

I posted a question here a few hours ago. The title of the question is What does 'sus' mean in this sentence "People who joined Facebook after 2017 are sus."? Later, a community bot modified ...
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Can pronoun "which" be used to introduce an independent clause?

As it turns out, the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” derives from a cartoon strip of that name that launched in 1913 and ran for 26 years. In the strip, creator “Pop” Momand poked fun at our need ...
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“Your” as a third person possessive pronoun. Is that a thing?

Your book suggests that animals have thought processes, emotions, and social connections that are as important to them as they are to us This is a snippet of this article I found on internet and the “...
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IWhat is the meaning of the beat in this paragraph?

I have been reading an essay about Joan Didion from New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/postscript/joan-didion-and-the-voice-of-america) I would like to ask multiple questions in this essay. ...
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What does this pronoun refer to?

May I ask whether the bolded pronoun they refer to arts subjects or the students In a speech yesterday, the Education Minister advised students to avoid arts subjects and choose science or maths if ...
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Which one does this "it" mean?

I'm trying to understand this sentence about which subject the "it" represents: If the current window was closed by an autocommand while processing a location list command, it will be ...
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Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. / Yes, but it’s getting warmer

If we speak about the weather: "Is it cold outside?" I suppose I can answer both versions, right? Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. Yes, but it’s getting warmer. If I understand it ...
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Is it necessary to use "it" as an object? - Yes, I know it but... / Yes, I know it

Is it necessary to use "it" in such answers, or is it redundant? Could you explain why? Yes, I know it but I still love her. Yes, I know it. I guess "it" might be used for ...
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