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

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Her or hers or her’s

Talking about possessive pronoun, which one is correct? Don’t eat Margaret’s pizza, it’s her. Don’t eat Margaret’s pizza, it’s hers. Don’t eat Margaret’s pizza, it’s her’s.
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To omit ‘one’ or not

Are the pixels of a 1080p 43-inch screen bigger than a 1080p 32-inch one? Should I keep the ‘one’ or remove and write: Are the pixels of a 1080p 43-inch screen bigger than a 1080p 32-inch? ...
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Should I use “who” or “which” when referring to a specific animal species?

I'd like to know what option to use, specifically when referring to a species by its scientific name.
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What 'him' refers to in this context?

"You're under-age!" Mrs Weasley shouted at here daughter as Harry approached. "I won't permit it! The boys, yes, but you, you've got to go home!" "I won't!" Ginny's hair flew as she pulled ...
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When we use 's ' with a verb and what is subject and verb match?

hello guys i want to know that when we use 's' with a verb and when not and what is subject and verb match condition is the subject is singular then we use singular verb and if the verb is plural then ...
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How to avoid repeat a noun that is mentioned previously

In this sentence: The birth rate in the USA was higher than the birth rate in China. If I wanna replace "the birth rate" before "in China", I would use "that" or "one"? Actually, I have already ...
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What does “it” refer to

Charles C. Boycott was an English land agent whose difficult duty it was to collect high taxes from Irish farmers. I can't understand how it works in this sentence. Does it antecedently refer to "...
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“…, making it / itself ideal for toddlers” in this context

A school bag commercial says: The bag is lightweight, making it ideal for toddlers. Can I replace the it with itself as the bag is qualifying itself (the bag)?
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What does “it” stand for? [duplicate]

The faeces contain nitrogen and it is that which fertilises the desert soil. source: A collection of a bunch of sentences What does "it" stand for? I'm considering two possibilities: 1, "it" ...
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Use of pronouns with mythical creatures

How should we refer to such figures from mythology and occultism like: Lucifer, Fenrir, Scylla, Astaroth, Beelzebub, Baphomet, Minotaur, Golem, etc - he, she or it? Famously, the general rule is to ...
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Why I can't use “that its” in this case?

I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel. There were ...
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“whose” vs “that its” in English

I'm an English learner and today I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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What is the difference between “myself vs i myself do.”?

Sometimes ago, I was facing with native speakers he used " Myself & I Myself Do." could you help me out about importance of this sentence "I will eat myself." & "I myself will eat."
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Use of “The Same”

I came across many sentences , in few the same is correct but in other its use was incorrect. Although going through many sites, didn't understand the difference. The police started the ...
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any singular + any plural + verb?

I have the following sentence: It shows up when any organization or preset settings are saved. It uses any with a singular noun (organization) then comes a plural noun (settings), should be ...
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The class listens carefully when THEIR teacher gives instructions

I don't understand why there is pronoun 'their' in the following sentence: The class listens carefully when their teacher gives instructions. Is it because 'the class' is treated as a collective ...
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“That” instead of “those” with plural nouns

At the first glance, that is used with singular nouns, and those with plural. However, sometimes I see that that is used with plural nouns as well. So, both of these examples seems to be correct: ...
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Can “each ” be omitted?

I have three wallets. Each wallet has the same shape, but a different color. The wallet has a zippered pocket on one side. Does "The wallet" in the sentence above I created make sense? I don't like ...
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Use “it” to describe something in a general tone

I am not a native speaker of English. I wonder whether using "it" to talk about something in a general tone is weird. In the example down below I use "it" to talk about "a tiger", not any specific ...
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Which is correct, “their name” or “their names”?

I've got a command that says: Point to the items and color them. Say its name. I'm sure it should be their instead of its, but I'm not 100% sure if it should be their name or their names.
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its or their when talking about body parts

This is a command for a preschool class in which I'm not sure if I need to use its or their. The command as follows: "Point to each part of the body and say its name." The idea is basically that the ...
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“John's” or “of John” in this context

In the sentences below: All the mistakes are mine. Likewise, All the mistakes are John's. Now, Can we say: All the mistakes are of me. And All the mistakes are of John. Are these ...
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“whom…from” vs “from whom…” - positions of interrogative pronoun and preposition

Are both following sentences correct? If so, which one is more usual? Whom did the attacks come from? From whom did the attacks come?
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Why are tomorrow, yesterday, today nouns not pronouns?

For example: Yesterday was great. When we say yesterday, we refer the day before today. Why can’t it be pronoun instead of noun? According to Longman dictionary tomorrow, yesterday, today can ...
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“You are one of those people who correct me.” Why we don't use “one of them”?

You are one of those people who correct me. I have confusion regarding the use of "one of them" and "one of those". Why we don't use "one of them"? Please explain it.
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What does “they” in the phrase, “the best they can” point to?

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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Word-usage “That which” (used togheter) or only “which”?

I have seen in a game this statement: Shinning as lucifer, the morning star in the dawn, showing a beauty that is not God's. — That which appears within grasp. Could I say only which ("which ...
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Can his be used for feminine nouns

In the following sentence Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar on the occasion of his 69th birthday. His is used for mother. Is it correct?
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“I've seen all of Tarantino's films” vs “I've seen all Tarantino's films”

I encountered the sentence "I've seen all Tarantino's films" in a book I was reading. I found the writing odd since I would normally write it as "I've seen all of Tarantino's films" (because I've ...
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When Using objectives with phrase verbs

As far as i know, pronouns can not be located at the end of some phrase verbs like: Turn them on is correct But Turn on them is incorrect Then, how about the cases for indefinite pronouns? Turn on ...
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“It” used with plural nouns

Maybe it is an interference from my native tongue, but why is it correct to say “It is the locations that make this tournament special”. Since there is the pronoun “it” for singular, and “they” for ...
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how do i know what to use in/on/from/in/at + which?

I can see similar questions about this in/from/at .. +which .. but I don't really get it so I want to ask few things It's a sentence from my textbook. She describes a personal experience in ...
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Is a verb not conjugated in commands?

I was learning Korean on Duolingo and found that the following sentence is accepted. Everyone jump! I filled in Everyone jumps and got wrong. The comment section says it must be Everyone jump ...
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What part of speech is “my” in the sentence?

This is my book. What part of speech is "my" in the sentence above? This may be considered a silly question to ask, but I have referred to some dictionaries such as Word Master and Oxford's Advanced ...
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“Here it is” or “Here is”

I am writing a text and I am not sure which option to use: a) Here is difficult to understand the relations between the inputs and outputs or b) Here it is difficult to understand the ...
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Pronouns grammar

In the following sentence: I loved his visits and found myself thinking of him a lot when he was away. I don't understand that why use "his visits", why not use "his visit"?
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Is there any difference between “another two” and “two other”?

I want to see the difference between "another" and "other" in this context. I know that another may mean "additional" or "of a different kind". What about "other" in this case? What does it mean? 1 ...
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Is “Do you know some writers?” grammatical? [closed]

Is "Do you know some writers?" grammatical? I mean, does that mean do you know a number of writers that isn't a few nor a lot but some? Is there ever used or could it be in that sense?
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How to understand the use of 'this' in this context

It took another hour to empty it completely, throw away the useless items and sort the remainder in piles according to whether or not he would need them from now on. His school and Quidditch robes, ...
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“One hoped you were dead”

In a scene in movie Burnt: Simone: Adam Jones. My God. One hoped you were dead. It is the first time they see each other in a long time. Why does Simone say "one" as opposed to "Some hoped you ...
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“You and I” or “you and me”

"You and I" is supposed to be used in the subject of the sentence. If the sentence starts with "It's you and I", does that mean it's supposed to be "you and me" because "It" is the subject and "you ...
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Plural pronoun for singular (collective) noun and instead of him/her?

For example: The government is being flayed for their abysmal performance. Is this sentence correct? Can we use singular verb "is" and plural "their" simultaneously? Also, can we use they/them ...
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“IN” or “WITH” for a clock resolution?

Which is better to use "in" or "with" if I mention a resolution of a clock? i.e. The clock is available with a resolution of milliseconds. or The clock is available in a resolution of ...
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Demonstrative pronouns with abstract nouns

What's the difference between Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "this", they will be like a child And Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "that", they'll be like a child How can I use ...
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Using “one” with “their” in formal and written ENGLISH

Is it correct to, for instance, write in a lecture: "One must answer the court's questions with due respect in their case/if they are called upon" I know such structure is admissible in colloquial ...
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'I want to study all of them's subtitles.' - is that correct?

Please tell me, can I say following: I got 10 movies and I want to study ALL OF THEM'S English subtitles. My question refers to the words all of them's. Can I say that or must I use the normal ...
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Should I put “it” before “is” to make the sentence grammatically correct?

As I am preparing for my upcoming writing exam, I came across this sentence as a so-called model essay. However, when reading it, I think I need to put "it" in front of "is" since it is another clause....
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Is “each” supposed to refer to a singular subject?

Usually "each" is used to refer to every member in the group, so it is followed by a singular verb like: Each student and teacher knows that exams are..... Each of the buildings is surrounded ...
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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 ...