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

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What are the nuances between using “odd,” “weird,” or “strange” here?

Question 1: What are the nuances between using odd, weird, or strange here? Question2: Is my example correct? Example: A: Did you win the lottery B: I won the jackpot. My family does not believe I ...
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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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What does “one” refer to in: “one that is subsequently rejected…”?

Here is a sentence from an LSAT: It draws an analogy between semiplaning monohulls and conventional ships that constitutes an objection to the argument's main conclusion, one that is subsequently ...
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Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea?

Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea? To explain what I mean, down below are examples I came up with; are they correct? (1) A: She didn't get picked as a actress in the movie. ...
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Doubts on the usage of the pronoun *which*

I have a few questions about the use of the pronoun which. In the sentence: A statistical model is a family of probability distributions of a random variable which is smoothly parametrized by a ...
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A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth?

A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth? Which one is correct? I think it's the second one, but I'm not sure
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What do the pronouns “that” and “its” refer to within the enclosed text?

I have been try­ing to un­der­stand this sen­tence, but it is a lit­tle too com­pli­cated for me to un­der­stand: In­di­vid­u­als ap­pear to have a knee-jerk re­flex­ive re­ac­tion to be­ing ex­...
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Is the use of the pronoun “who” correct in the following sentence?

Sentence: "There was some doubt as to who the child's real father was." I have a feeling I should use whom instead: "There was some doubt as to whom the child's real father was." ...
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Can two “it” in a sentence refer to two different nouns?

I am studying English, and I came across this example. "It would hardly be fair for the meatpacking industry to blame regulators for the harm that it has inflicted upon itself in the sub-prime ...
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Few questions about how we can use “it” to refer to things

From my understanding of the use of "it", it has to be used after someone has used "this" or "that" to introduce the topic. My questions: (a) If the topic is already ...
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What does a relative pronoun refer to in the preceding sentence

Are both of these correct? I.e., can a relative pronoun refer to anything in the preceding sentence, or even earlier in the paragraph? "Bob went to Costco to buy some bread. It was delicious.&...
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Is “he/his” for third person standard English when you don't know the person's gender?

I've read and heard that you can use they/their to refer to the person singular (someone, whoever, a student) when you don't know the gender of the person. Is it stand English to only use he/his? Ex.: ...
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Using she/her for the word “moon”

I was reading a short story that contain these sentences: The moon said she was stronger. The sun did not agree with her. Do we always use "she" and "her" for moon? what is the ...
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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 is the referent of “it” in “under it”?

The following quote is from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: Mr. Crawford, approaching Julia, said: "I hope I am not to lose my companion, unless she is afraid of the evening air in so exposed a ...
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If…, that/this/it

What pronouns should be used to refer to the whole content of a preceding "if" clause? For example, Which pronoun should be used in the sentences below? i) If the vase did not fall over, it/...
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harder than “anyone” in his class or harder than “any other student” in his class?

A multiple choice question: He works harder than ____ in his class. Why would filling “anyone” there be wrong? And why would using "any other student" be right? I think it should be "...
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write a short speech on each one or … every one?

From a multiple choice question: You should prepare a list of topics and write a short speech on ____ one. The correct one is each. But I am wondering why every can't be working here?
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left it to us, as a basic exercise, to V

I'd like to know if the pronoun "it" can be dropped in the following. What'd be the correct analysis? The teacher left it to us, as a basic exercise, to sort the balls into different colors....
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their or whose?

I'd like to know whether I should use "their" or "whose" in the following. And why should I use one over the other? Those politicians, whose hands seem to be made to take bribes, ...
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Is it appropriate to say “try all this tasty food” when referring to lots of tasty food?

"I wish I had the chance to try all this tasty food." Is it appropriate to say "try all this tasty food" when referring to lots of tasty food mentioned in the previous context? ...
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One likes to do it oneself. (Who is one?)

One likes to do it oneself. Who is "one"? I one of people in general
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What is the differences between using “was” or “is” or even others like “will be” in these conversations?

I found that in discourse, "that" or other pronouns can refer to many things. Sometimes it is an idea or it can involve specific elements in the discourse. But because I am not a native ...
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It/There was standing room only

"It" or "there" are both correct in the following. Is there any difference in grammatical terms? It/There was standing room only in the courthouse. I'd appreciate your help.
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Which one is correct I want to hear he/him singing?

Which one is correct? 1 I want to hear he singing? 2 I want to hear him singing?
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“is mainly that between creditors and debtors” or “is mainly which between creditors and debtors”

I have written the following sentence: The relationship between banks and depositors is mainly that between creditors and debtors. First, I want to ask whether it is correct to use that in such ...
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Order of “I”, “my wife”, “you” that must be followed by “were”

In one of my exams, I had a multiple choice question and I had to choose the correct option. Question: Please try to remember when I, you and my wife were talking there. Options: you, I and my wife ...
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Is “nobody could survive on its own” grammatically correct?

Is Nobody could survive on its own grammatically correct, or is it Nobody could survive on his own
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Usage of the word “it” in the sentence “it wasn't me”

What does it refer to in the sentence It wasn't me. For example in response to the question Who stole the cookies? I see "it" as referring to the person who stole the cookies, but it ...
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Correct pronoun for negating a complete list with “I don't care about any of …”

Which would be correct pronouns to replace [...] in the following sentence: This thing has A,B and C, but I don't care about any of [...] Them? It? These? ...?
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Should I use them when I only have the verb to be and when it is referring to the subject?

Should I use them when I only have the verb to be and when it is referring to the subject? For example, I know that I shouldn't use him here 1 but it's he who's trying to capitalize on this. but I ...
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is it correct to use her in this sentence or should I use she? [closed]

Which one is right? like her being cleared. like she being cleared.
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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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Using a plural possessive pronoun for a singular noun?

I am aware that this structure is called "distributive plurals". However, after much research, I feel no closer to the answer. I am writing for a website where the gender of the Members is ...
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For the people who their cups are full

For the people who their cups are full, it's so much easier to give without getting anything in return. What I want to say is that, for those people who have cups that are full, it's easier to help ...
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Could I say these sentences?

Are the examples below correct? Instead of using the pronoun "whom" could I use the word "that" and the preposition "with" at the end? some argue that they prefer to ...
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What's on your mind?

Can this sentence be correct? Jack: There is something on my mind. Amanda: I don't know what it's on your mind. Or should it be "what's on your mind" instead?
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Is the following an example of the “dummy it”?

The first time a woman touched his books. It felt intimate, like his body was being caressed Is this an example of the "dummy it"? Or "it" here refers to the action in the first ...
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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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Is this sentence grammatically correct? “we sound better than you or me”

Is this sentence grammatically correct? we sound better than you or me. Shouldn’t we use “I” instead of “me”?
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Why the Second Person pronouns for the First Person?

Context: Martha, an eighth grade student and the protagonist of Marta Salinas' story 'The Scholarship Jacket', asks her grandpa for fifteen dollars to pay for the scholarship jacket. The grandpa asks ...
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“if each one of us could recycle his/her waste” or “if each one of us could recycle their waste”

Could I say "their" instead of "his/ her" as I wrote in the examples below? "If each one of us could recycle his/her waste..." vs "If each one of us could recycle ...
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Between them vs Among them

Will you please explain the difference between 1.Between the students 2.amongst the students 3.Between them vs Among them As a non-native english person i didn't distinguish between above statements. ...
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Should I use “that” or “which” in the following example? Or I can use both?

When I arrived home, the door was locked. That meant no one was inside. When I arrived home, the door was locked, which meant no one was inside. Is "that" or "which" the right ...
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What pronoun should we use here: men are encouraged to be more open with “our” feelings

Here is a paragraph from the Cambridge Dictionary blog: As men are now being encouraged to talk more and be more open with our feelings, there seems to be a correlation with the rise of the ‘mancom’. ...
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Pronouns, which are used for human [duplicate]

I have read that "it" is not used to refer to human, but I encountered the following within a grammar textbook without any explanation: There's someone at the door. Can you go and see who ...
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Is it correct this pronoun to replace a subject?

Taking into consideration the skills of Hassim in these courses, I am sure she made the right decision in choosing the master’s in agriculture. Furthermore, this master is crucial for enhancing his ...
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“Both” for three items. Is it really impossible? Is there an alternative?

In Russian: По той причине, что мне нужен стиль и для обычного текста, и для текста внутри таблиц, и для сносок, использование стиля Text Body вводило бы в заблуждение. Here is how this passage ...
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Bread + singular / plural pronoun

I know that "bread" is an uncountable noun. So logically its referred pronoun should be singular as well, but recently, I have come across a sentence in a book (written by a non-native ...
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I am confused with using pronouns

Those dreaming of the perfect match are outnumbered by those who don’t really want it at all, though perhaps they can’t admit it. In above sentence, it is confusing what those two pronouns refer to. (...

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