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

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For who or For whom

What is the correct usage in the sentence: “I am the one for who / whom the cafe was kept open.” Since who / whom refers to the subject “I”, would the subjective case “who” be correct?
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Plural "They" or "It"

I have read an article about Plural They and now I have a question struggling in my mind. Consider the following sentences: Each child played with their parent. Every client got a care package ...
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The answers for the question "Do you know any... near here?" (pronouns)

How can I answer the question? "I'm looking for a bookstore. Do you know one?" Yes. It's by this building. Yes. There is a bookstore near here. Yes. It is near here. Yes. The bookstore is ...
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Is this senentce correct: I am a doctor graduated from Harvard University in 2022

Is it correct just to place graduated after doctor in the below example without using "who" or "and"? It feels a bit awkward to place "who" when I refer to myself, ...
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What does "those of" mean in the sentence below?

Study of the sounds found at the beginning and end of English words has shown that two groups of sounds with quite different patterns of distribution can be identified, and these two groups are those ...
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Why use "that of" here?

Here is the sentence in my grammar book: "The circulation of weekly magazines exceeded that of newspapers in that period." I can't understand the usage of "that of"; can anyone ...
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What does "it" in "What's it like" refer to?

In Memento (2000), Burt speaks to Leonard: That's the thing. I have this condition. BURT Condition? LEONARD I have no memory. BURT Amnesia? LEONARD No. It's different. I have no short-term memory. I ...
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Can we use reflexive pronouns as intensifiers for objective pronouns?

Can we use reflexive pronouns as intensifiers for objective pronouns? This link is my best attempt that I've found and probably, is related to my question. However, the answerer only wrote about its ...
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Is it OK to omit the pronoun when we're talking about an action that's been done by someone else?

I was wondering if it's correct to omit who in the following sentence: I haven't found anyone else who had mentioned this before. and say it like this: I haven't found anyone else had mentioned ...
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Is addressing a neutral noun feminine grammatical?

I found this excerpt from Oxford Grammar Course: In modern English, countries are most often it(s), though she/her is also common. Canada has decided to increase its/her trade with Russia. Is the ...
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In the sentence "The ocean is so deep but you can’t even realize that" should it end with "that" or "it"? Also, could the word "but" be improved?

The ocean is so deep but you can’t even realize that. Is there something wrong with that sentence? Is it better to use "it" in the end of the sentence if we speak about something that was ...
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Is "it" used correctly here?

Is "it" used correctly here? Does it clearly refer to the job? Landing a better job is one thing. Retaining it is a different proposition altogether. I think that it would be better if we ...
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Reference of "they" when repeated in a sentence

What does the second 'they' stand for from a grammar point of view? I like dogs, they like hoops, they are my friends.
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Confusion regarding reflexive pronoun

A native English speaker today wrote: "An advertisement is live now for an associate-ship with myself and Richard". Is using the reflexive pronoun myself correct in this sentence? I thought ...
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it vs that in I'll let __ pass

This is an excerpt from a Japanese book translated into English. "'Giant Gravitation,'" he intoned. "What on earth is giant gravitation?" "An odd title. I don't quite ...
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Can everyone give us (their/your) takes on this?

I wanted to talk to a bunch of people, asking them to share their opinions. I wanted to say: Can everyone give us (their/your) takes on this? So, I'm not sure whether I should use "their" ...
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"one" or "that" replacing a previously mentioned entity

I'm wondering whether "one" or "that" should be used in the following. What's the difference? An apartment in this area is much more expensive than one/that in downtown Boston.
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When we introduce something in general, what pronoun to use? "one" or "she, he, it"?

When we introduce something in general, what pronoun do we use? Is it more correct to use the indefinite pronoun "one" first and then use the definite pronoun "he", like Example 1? ...
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Sentences With Multiple Antecedents

Below I have provided three examples sentences with multiple antecedents and their respective pronoun(s). So, my question is as follows: How do I determine which antecedent the pronoun refers to? ...
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Pronoun reference - before / after

Yesterday, Jim and his mum went to a bookshop. ..... wanted to buy a book for his father. What's the best pronoun to use there? Do we refer to 'Jim and his mum' in the 1st sentence, or do we refer to ...
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How to avoid using pronoun 'who' more than once in a sentence?

This is my sentence that I'm trying to construct: Andy who knows Polly's dark secret should not tell her boyfriend, Jade, who is known has a really bad temper. I couldn't think of a way to rephrase ...
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Can a pronoun in the second sentence indicate non-subject in the first sentence?

People in ABC city love a kind of green tea. It is famous for its fruity flavor. People in ABC city love a kind of green tea. It is famous for its tea fields. first one indicates "a kind of ...
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about a pronoun "we" in academic writings

I sometimes hear that in an academic writing or speech you should use "we". I've also heard that teachers in kindergartens also use "we" for children. Then, how will it sound when ...
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", he/she on ..." vs. ", him/her on ..."

Example sentence: They sat across from each other, he/him on the chair, she/her on the bed. Should it be he/she or him/her? And why?
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He wants to marry a blonde woman, and he hasn't found one/her - question about use of pronouns

Here is an interesting question about the use of pronouns. I read a book that says a pronoun is used only when the speaker has already had the thing in mind to refer to. It says Example 1 means he has ...
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'We Americans like baseball' or 'Us Americans...'?

Which one is correct? 'We Americans like baseball,' or 'Us Americans like baseball'? Why would you prefer one over the other? I'm thinking of a situation where people from different countries are ...
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What does "it" refer to in this passage? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what is 'it' referring to in the context of this sentence: Within a week of the opening, it was discovered that nuts and bolts as well as maintenance lamps had been stolen.. ...
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Can ‘it’ refer back to the meaning of a verb?

For example, I played with my dog. It [playing with my dog] was really interesting. Can ‘it’ refer back to the meaning of ‘played’? I’ve only seen ‘it’ refers back to the meaning of a noun (in this ...
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Which pronoun belongs to "Atheist"

I have an excersise where I have to fill the gap with the verb "believe" in present simple: "An atheist ______ in God" I was thinking the pronoun of an atheist would be "it&...
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can you put me after after a name like Tim and me? [closed]

I found something that said, "Tim and me". Are you supposed to put "me" after a name? I tried to put "I" in except it won't work.
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When the pronoun "I" is used to ask about the fact about myself, Do we need to add 's/es' in the verb that comes after it?

I believe many of us say something like this when we want to confirm or ask regarding whether the truth or fact is true only for us or true for all people: Is it just me who ___(hate) 'Twilight' ...
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Is it okay to ommit personal pronouns in such situations?

I'm wondering if it's considered casual and natural to start sentences without the pronoun, or if a native English speaker would find that odd and feel that I'm either being way too casual or that I'm ...
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Take that! (What is 'that' here?)

Take that! One of dictionaries says : You say 'take that!' when you hit a person or say something while attacking him? Q: What's 'that' here?
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How to tell a pronoun "you" from a personal determinative "you"?

Short version of my question: How can I tell whether "you" in the following sentences is a personal pronoun or a personal determinative? "You Hebrews have been nothing but trouble.&...
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'Not' before a noun subject in a question

We know that if we don't use contraction, the structure of a negative question is as follows: Auxiliary verb + subject + not + verb ...? e.g., (1) 'Does he not go to school everyday?' (2) 'Does the ...
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Is 'the same (thing) as (possessive pronoun)...' grammatically acceptable?

Swan's book explains: In short answers we use me, him, etc. (informal) or I, he, etc. with a verb (more formal). The same thing happens after as and than. Informal I've got the same number as him ...
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IT IS football boots vs THEY ARE football boots

In my textbook I have seen: they are football boots question: it is interchangeable with: it is football boots ?
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What does "it" in "it may" refer to?

In The Suicide Squad (2021), Silvio Luna is a dictator of Corto Maltese: Silvio Luna: Since I took control, the majority love me. But some find me to be an unacceptable leader. Harley: What kinds of ...
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What is the difference of the word "me" in these two sentences?

What are the grammatical terms to describe the two different ways of using the words "me" in these two sentences? This is me Kill me I found out that there is a difference between these ...
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Why did Jobs use "it" instead of "they" in this interview?

I love this Steve Jobs' interview, and would love to understand what he said throughly. https://youtu.be/vkSCLvIaCcI?t=778 In this part, he told how much original members in developing the Macintosh ...
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Which of the function words will be stressed?

Me, and thousands of others in this country like me, are half baked because we were never allowed to complete our schooling. Open our skulls, look in with a pen light and you'll find an old museum of ...
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"... hours he spent leisurely" vs. "... hours he spent them leisurely."

The first two hours he spent (them) leisurely. Google Docs suggested that I remove them in that sentence. But if I do that, spent doesn't have an object anymore. Or maybe it's okay to omit objects in ...
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When the Gentle Giant song "Black Cat" refers to a cat as "she", does that mean the cat is female?

In Gentle Giant's song Black Cat it starts as follows: There's a cat prowling through the streets at night And she's black and her eyes are burning yellow My question is: although said cat is ...
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who's on the phone

Who is the manager? a. It is the tall lady who left the room a few minutes ago. b. She is the tall lady who left the room a few minutes ago. ============================ Who is the manager? c. It is ...
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Why is "He wanted to give it to who wanted it" incorrect?

I have a question about the pronouns "who" and "whoever." Someone wanted to give away a Christmas tree he no longer used. He wanted to give it to who wanted it. He wanted to give ...
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I/me (a spy) [What is the grammatical difference?]

From Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling: "Innocent, but scared!" squealed Pettigrew. "If Voldemort's supporters were after me, it was because I put ...
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That is worth (it) to build

That is worth (it) to build Is it optional here? According to Wiktionary, worth it is an adjective synonymous of worthwile.
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Formal you vs. informal you

Since there just one form for both cases and context is one way to get the idea which one is used, is there a way to understand it out of context?
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Pronoun in a topic [closed]

What pronoun sounds good in a topic, subject pronoun or object pronoun? A. 'Our society and we' or B. 'Our society and us' Which is right? I think B is right because an object pronoun doesn't need a ...
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For him vs to him vs him [closed]

What is correct: I am buying him a car. I am buying for him a car. I am buying to him a car.

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