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

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Can you make a noun doubly possessive?

I've noticed that native speakers sometimes make nouns they've already made possessive, possessive again. If this is syntactically sound, I don't understand it. For example, "her relative was mean" ...
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Can what be used for people

In the sentence given below It would be well for us to admire what is worthy of admiration in such a people, rather than to carp about their errors. I think the reference is made to some of the ...
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Use of Possessive or objective case of pronoun

The car of (them/their) is just amazing! What should I use, possessive pronoun or objective case I like a thing of them/someone is sounding good to me.yet I'm perplexed!
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Use of pronoun with 'this/that' and possessive

Do we ever say: His this answer is right. I've read in grammar books that we say: This answer of his. So, it should be: This answer of his is right. Which one is correct? Secondly, do we ...
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What does “one” refer to and what does this sentence mean?

I wonder if the word "one" in the following sentence refers to "face"? “What did you just say?” Tony’s very angry face was in Peter’s very embarrassed one. “I take it back.” And if I were ...
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Pronoun antecedent- does “it makes it expand” have the same meaning as the first sentence?

When you give pressure to a pipeline and that pressure makes the pipeline expand. When you give pressure to a pipeline and it makes it expand. In the second sentence, the first “it” refers to “...
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“everything”: is it “it” or “they”

Which pronoun should be used with "everything"? I tend to believe that the following is correct: I will do everything as soon as it can be done. but the following also makes sense, considering ...
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Yours or you… which pronoun should be used here? [duplicate]

"Happiness is.. Having friends with the same mental disorders as yours." I was just wondering if this sentace is grammatical or should it be "you" at the end? Either way; it's very funny! Thanks
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Pronoun in parallel form?

In parallelism like the following: X is as ____ as Y. X and Y should be of the identical grammatical structure, being either one word or a whole clause. For instance, The view from a humble ...
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Why a truck or a plane is “she”?

In trucker forums, I can see drivers referring to their trucks by pronoun “she”. Similarly a site about an older airplane writes about “restoring her”. I would expect using “it” for all things (...
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Why is “who are” is fine, but “who go” is not?

Is there any reasonable explanation (that is, not just "that's the way it is") as to why "Who are the ones who go there?" is grammatically correct, but "Who go there?" is not? In the first ...
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Is the pronoun “it” in the correct position?

The book that your father got from USA yesterday I want it for few days to read. The pronoun used “it” which refer to book - is it in correct position?
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Is “more of such examples” correct? [closed]

Let us assume that in a text we bring an example. And we want to bring more similar examples. Is this statement grammatically correct? There are more of such examples How about the following: ...
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Is the word “you” a pronoun in this sentence?

I am reading the book High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin. While defining Pronoun, the following sentence appears as an example: The books are where you left them. ...
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What “it” refers to here?

The mind is essentially survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All ...
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Don't repeat pronouns with relatives and personnal?

I am doing an English homework, which consists in describing a process of actions. I would like to say: " The US are the worlrd leader in technology. The Japan only beats them in science, but there ...
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Grammatical function of “all” within “All about economics.”

Does all within: All about economics. play the role of pronoun?
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Where do me and you stand?

Where do me and you stand? In the aforementioned sentence the pronoun 'me' used as subject doesn't seem to fit best; I mean, the problem that I see is that: The speaker should keep himself after ...
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When should a sentence start with the pronoun “it”?

As a spanish speaker, i sometimes have problems with the personal pronoun it. Example: It can be dangerous to drive if you are tired. The question is: How do I know when to start the sentence ...
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Can 'one' as a pronoun be replaced with he/she or anyother pronoun later on in the sentence?

I found the following information on Wikipedia. I want to know whether its usage is grammatically correct. (from academic perspective)
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Explaining a definition of the pronoun

Could someone explain to me this part "used by itself" in the definition of a pronoun? Pronoun: a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants ...
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“Whose…is” vs “Whose is”

Whose painting is this? Whose is this painting? Is the second question grammatical? Do both questions focus on the same part of speech?
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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What does it refer to in the sentence?

The original text: It is no accident that the twentieth century should be the century of highly centralized governments and totalitarian dictatorships; it had to be so for the simple reason ...
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What does it refer to in the text?

That the equipment of modern camping becomes yearly more sophisticated is an entertaining paradox for the cynic, a brighter promise for the hopeful traveler who has sworn to get away from it all. ...
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What does it refer to in the context?

The original text: [...] For them the working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays, when they come, are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing ...
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“Who is it?” Vs. “Who is he?”

In many situation such as: A) If friend tells you about someone else that it's not clear to you who is the person that your friend talks about. B) Someone calls you and you do not know who is this ...
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Singular or plural : Each + has/have + his/their

What is the correct use of pronoun with each/every/each of Each of the boys has/have brought his/their pen. Each boy has/have brought his/their pen. Please explain which is correct pronoun here, ...
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“He / his being…” In this context

John being a good teacher, his son never failed. With pronouns people make sentences like: He / his / him being a good teacher, his son never failed. He(subject pronoun) seems more appropriate to ...
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What does the word “them” signify here?

Here is a sentence from a schedule planner app: In the app, you can easily group to-dos into projects and drag tasks within and between them. I am not sure if the word "them" is used here for "...
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“WHAT do you want to be?” vs “WHO do you want to be?”

I came across this What do you want to be when you grow up? [...] Are you right now who you want to be? and the first sentence sounds weird to my English learner's ear. Specifically, I am ...
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“Those were among the few times” in “Hillbilly Elegy”

English is not my mother tongue. So many times I have problems understanding exact meaning of it. While I was reading Hillbilly Elegy, I found a word quite confusing. I thought about losing my ...
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What are the pronouns for man as humankind?

I was reading a book and this came up: Man has programmed machines to transcend their limitations. and I got confused that whether the author is referring to man or machines? Can we use their as a ...
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“I'm know” is correct?

I saw using "I'm know" in formal communications with native speakers. Does that sound right? I found quite a few instances among books in Google search results. The context: "I’m know you will be a ...
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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A pronoun for an industry can be female?

In the movie Iron Man there is the following phrase: Today, Tony Stark has changed the face of the weapons industry by ensuring freedom and protecting America and her interests around the globe....
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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reference: here's one you may not be cognizant of

Is "one" properly used in the following? Does it have a grammatically correct referent? You know about addiction to drugs and cigarettes, but here's one you may not be cognizant of: fitness addicts....
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Is “But, I later realized, have no car” grammatical?

I was engaged in some informal but I hope grammatical conversation with a friend who is less fluent in English than me (so I didn't want to confuse them!). It went: So why are you so upset? ...
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Interrogative adverb vs interrogative pronoun

Is this sentence first word Where did you find the book at last? Is (Where) an interrogative pronoun/adverb?
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Shouldn't there be “it” instead of “he” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: An NCLAT bench, headed by Chairman Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, said he would like to..... I think "it" should be used instead of "he" the because bench is ...
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It's my book VS It's the book of mine

We can say two sentences: 1) It's my book 2) It's the book of mine I heard the second variant was moer formal, noble, precise whilst the first one is a standard one. Is it true?
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Just Wondering if I Should Use Him or Them?

Is it: Nobody was ever there for me when I needed him. or Nobody was ever there for me when I needed them.
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Which one is correct? [duplicate]

You are always complaining about me driving your car. You are always complaining about I driving your car. You are always complaining about my driving your car.
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What are the differences between the usage of 'it' and 'they'? [closed]

I need to understand the following with respect to correct grammar not everyday usage: 1. The number to the antecedent that both pronouns can refer to (Singular/Plural) 2. Can the pronouns refer to ...
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Which person of them do you know?

If we have no list of choice, we say: What thing do you know? If the list of choice appears, for example "of these ones", we change "what" for "which": Which thing of these ones do you know? ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part II

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Choice between “they and ” them“ in ”…instead of they/them waiting for him to come."?

The boys visited their uncle instead of____waiting for him to come. 1)The boys visited their uncle instead of they waiting for him to come. 2)The boys visited their uncle instead of them waiting ...
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using “it” in this sentence

I'm confused about using pronouns in sentences. In this sentence: The control plane acts as a middleware and through its global view of all devices, .... can play an important role in improving ...
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A problem regarding superfluous constructions

There is a sentence that I found in an editorial. Victory in Baghouz will also mean the IS’s territorial caliphate is shattered. According to cambridge dictionary meaning of caliphate is an ...