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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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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 ...
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“Only me” or “Only I” (is working today)

Which is correct? Only me is working today? Only I is working today? Which of these should I use? Or neither?
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Is it “it” or “they” in this case?

"budgeting and increasing revenue are important but it could harm..." Does this sentence work with the prono
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Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago

Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago are idiots. Here the pronoun who refers to what? Is it children and spouses of "people who prefer music that was ...
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Does “the one side” make sense?

Color one side of the plate in blue and the other side in red, and then draw a picture on the one side. I would like to know whether the usage of "the one side" in the sentence above I created is ...
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Who OR which dilemma

Having no amount of choices and hence availing of "what" we can ask: 1) What flamethrower do you want? Having some listed amount we will use "which": 2) Which one of these flamethrowers do you ...
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Can I paraphrase “none” into “no one” in this context?

Mio had no money, and Pat also had none. Can I paraphrase that into this? Mio had no money, and Pat also had no one.
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Question structure for possessive pronoun [closed]

My paper is ready. I want to make this sentence into a question. In my view, it would be Is my paper ready? Is it correct according to English grammar? It might be correct but I need a reference....
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This and that difference

Are this and that both used to refer the thing/person/situation just mentioned or not?please help me in this or that. E.g, Two persons are talking about a man. That/this man is not on the spot. The ...
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They vs all of them

Which one is correct or both? 1.They are brilliant student. 2.All of them are brilliant student. 3.My uncle has three sons who work in the same office. 4.My uncle has three sons all of ...
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Does “A is smaller than each of B and C” sound natural?

A, B, and C have different sizes. Specifically, A is smaller than B and is also smaller than C. In this case, which sentence sounds most natural and accurate?: A is smaller than each of B and C....
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What is the correct pronouns to refer to “some”?

In the following sentence: Some have a headache today. I would like to express it using a pronoun. For example: Some have pain in their head today. However, I'm not sure what is the correct ...
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She's someone's sister vs. She's someones' sister

I recently found on a website a picture from a gathering. An individual had a sign saying She's someone's sister. As a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering why isn't She's someones' sister the ...
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Pronoun Problem

1)Unless two or more members object to him joining the club , we shall have to accept the application for membership. My book said him must be replaced by her/his because gerund is followed by ...
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Relative Pronoun Problem

This is the flyover whose inauguration was done by the transport minister. This is the flyover inauguration of which was done by the transport minister. why 2. is correct??
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Do we use them when we don't know the gender of the speaker? [duplicate]

If I see an old person, I will help (him - them - both are correct). This could be silly. However I don't know whether to choose him or them or both.
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Use of the pronoun “its”

Considering the following sentence: The availability of alcoholic beverages and the exposure to alcoholic beverages media is high in urban areas. I would like to know if it is grammatically ...
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What does “thee thine” mean?

But we awaited thee every morning, took from thee thine overflow and blessed thee for it. Found this in Thomas Common's 1909 translation of Friedrich Nietzche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra and I was ...
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nominative or objective pronoun?

The man, along with he and they, chopped down the tree. or The man, along with him and them, chopped down the tree. I think it's the first one, but I'm not sure why. Thanks!!
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Is “Did you return ALL” a grammartically correct sentece?

I would like to ask a question regarding the use of all. I found the following sentence over Duolingo French cource: Est-ce que tu as tout rendu ? The translation is the following: Did you ...
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What's the correct pronoun

Can I say I left the documents on your desk, take them Or should I say I left the documents on your desk, take it Thanks in advance
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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 ...