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" 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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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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Confused about "That and the fact that"

The passage is from a book review entitled "Top 6 Books About Gangsters" by Rod Reynolds. Sprawling and complex, yet exquisitely plotted, it’s the pathos Ellroy imbues in his tough guys ...
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You cannot use a pronoun and 'be' after an adjunct

Page 554 of Collins English Usage reads You cannot use a pronoun and 'be' after an adjunct: ✳At the top of the steps it was. You say it was at the top. Why is it so? Does this apply to other ...
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Them after she and her

I’ve come across the following sentence: To encourage empathy in your child, encourage your child to talk about her feelings and make sure she knows that you care about them. (Source) Why is them used ...
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Using the proper pronoun

I was wondering which preposition is more idiomatic here: To get a shuttle taxi all you have to do is to stand beside the street and just look interested. If a taxi driver wants to pick you up, ..... ...
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take whichever you want

a. Take whichever you want. Does that mean Take whichever one you want. or Take whichever ones you want. I think (a) is ambiguous and could be used instead of both (1) and (2), which are both ...
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Is the pronoun "it" used correctly in the following sentence?

Is it correctly used in the second sentence? Is it clear I am referring to Online advertising? Online advertising is an ingenious marketing strategy. As time passes by, more and more brands appear to ...
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Can you answer the question “ what are these” with “it’s a pen and a book.”?

If the question is”What are they?” Asking about more than 2 different objects, is it grammatically correct to say”it’s a pen and a book.”?or should it be “they’re a pen and a book.?” If they are both ...
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What does "it" refer to (as we know it)?

Over 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth’s primordial atmosphere was probably largely water vapour, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen. The appearance and subsequent evolution of exceedingly ...
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Help with correct usage of "who/whom" in a sentence

in spoken language, which sentence is correct: we shall celebrate the birthday of who, Mary's? we shall celebrate the birthday of whom, Mary's?
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Can a pronoun 'one' be used together with possessive pronoun their?

After reading this discussion: is-there-a-correct-gender-neutral-singular-pronoun-his-vs-her-vs-their, I was wondering if I could use one and singular they together in a sentence. A sentence for an ...
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What is this pronoun "who" referring to? [closed]

A 15-page document is a summary of an FBI interview done in 2015 with a man who had frequent contact with Saudi nationals in the U.S. who supported the first hijackers to arrive in the country before ...
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using pronoun you when referring to a specific group

How do people cope with the horrors happening around the world if you're constantly thinking about it? Is it ok? To use people or any other group and then using you, which is a pronoun you can use to ...
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This user prefers to keep an air of mystery about "them"? [duplicate]

Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. Since "this user" is singular and "them" is plural, is using "them" as the pronoun correct here?
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It wasn’t any time to hesitate. / There was no time to hesitate anymore

It is known that we use "it" for time, distance, day and weather. Why the first sentence is wrong, as I suppose, and there is a need to use "there was" here? Here is Ngram about ...
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All of the thou OR all of thou?

I know thou is probably obsolete, but I fancy learning something new. So, when I type I lied to all of thou. Grammarly keyboard suggests that I should add an article the before thou. By the way, I'm ...
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too expensive for John to buy it

Is it okay to include "it" in the following sentences? a. The car is too expensive for John to buy it. b. The car is cheap enough for John to buy it.
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What is the correct grammar to use in this situation? "She and her colleagues" or "Her colleagues and she"?

This is the sentence: She and her colleagues have been given handmade gifts from grateful patients and offered food and drinks. Which form is correct?: She and her colleagues Her colleagues and she ...
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The ears of a rabbit are larger than ( ) of a fox [duplicate]

The ears of a rabbit are larger than ( ) of a fox. 1 ones. 2 it. 3. those I understand “those” come in the blank. How about “ones”? Why can’t “ones” come?
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the usage of 'many', 'much', 'few', and 'little' as a pronoun

As far as I know, all the words can be used as a pronoun. 'many' and 'few' occur with countable nouns, while 'much' and 'little' with uncountable nouns. There are two confusing sentences, which I saw ...
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They are with things/objects [duplicate]

I'd like to ask about the usage of they are with things/objects. Is the meaning the same as two other sentences? Can they are replace those are/these are with no difference in meaning? If not, what's ...
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"How is it what ....?" versus "Is it how what .........?"

I'm confused about the emphasized parts of the following( #1,#2). I wonder if #1 means "If they had really renovated their mills, why are there 103 sick mills now under the Government's control?&...
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Addressing oneself as "it" when one's gender is obvious

I learnt that the word it can be used to refer a person whenever his/her gender is not known, for example: when someone is knocking the door or on a phone call etc. But look at the picture below, it's ...
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The orange one and the yellow one. / The orange and the yellow ones. / The orange and the yellow

Are all versions correct? Are the fourth and the fifth sentence idiomatic if you need to ask all orange and yellow pencils? As I understand it, the third sentence mean one orange pencil and one yellow ...
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This blue vs This blue one

I have read in my grammar book that after colour adjectives we can often leave out one/ones in answers. But what about questions? Are all following questions good? Which car is yours? This blue, or ...
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What is that? That’s the price

Could you say that it's an idiomatic dialogue, or something is awkward, for example, pronouns? -- But there is a problem. -- What is that? -- That’s the price. P.S. I suppose "That’s just the ...
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Give me both of them. / Give me both. / Give me them both. / Give me both ones

As I understand it, all answers are correct but the last one is rare. So, all versions are interchangeable, aren't they? 'Would you like to have this ice-cream or that?' Give me both of them. / Give ...
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Is the sentence "Indian guy cooks so well that Gordon Ramsay calls his mother to judge the food" ambiguous?

I came across a YouTube video with the title "Indian guy cooks so well that Gordon Ramsay calls his mother to judge the food." I thought Gordon Ramsay called his own mother, not the ...
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What is that noise? It’s a ... / That's a

Is it common to answer the questions [What is that...?] --> [It's ...]? Are the answers [That's a train.], [That's a hospital.] rare or mistaken in this case? What is that noise? It’s a train. ...
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"It takes me a week to go there" or "It takes a week for me to go there"

If someone asked me: "How long does it take you to go there"; Which sentence would be correct, common and natural? 1- It takes me a week to go there 2- It takes a week for me to go there
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That’s OK. Forget it! / Forget that!

As I understand it, the first "that" is a response on the first sentence, that's why there is "that's OK", and not "it's OK". But why after that is used "it" - &...
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Is that my pen / Is it my pen

I know "that" is used to refer to a thing that isn’t near you. Particularly, in this case is it worth to use "that", or more common to use "it"? From the point of view of ...
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Is there any rule about when to choose a definite article or a possessive pronoun?

Could you help to explain the usage of either a definite article or a possessive pronoun in the following sentences: He had a thorn in his/the leg. The snake bit him in the/his leg. Before you go to ...
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The correct use of "their" when I do not know the gender of the person

I have written the following sentence in an essay: There are more jobs in large cities, but in small towns you can live in peace. Which option a person chooses depends, to some extent, on their ...
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Is it okay to say 'all is free'?

Is it okay to say All is free to mean Everything is free ? When should we avoid using verb be after all ? EDIT for clarification: The sentence is from a French learning website. The original sentence ...
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Which pronoun is correct? "Xena named her/his sons Uther & Vlad"

There is a lady Xena, and she has two boys. Let their names be Uther & Vlad. Xena named her sons Uther & Vlad. Xena named his sons Uther & Vlad. Out of these 2 sentences which one is ...
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In "which" sentence, it modifies the previous sentence or the previous noun?

Microsoft Edge offers improvements in security and speed over Internet Explorer, which is no longer being actively developed and is available only for legacy purposes. In this sentence, which ...
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Difference between possessive pronoun and possessive case of pronoun

What is the difference between possessive pronoun and possessive case of pronoun? Pronoun possessive case I mine That ? Everyone ...
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It’s easy to learn Spanish and Italian

As I understand it, the first & the second sentences are correct and common. What about the third and the fourth sentences, especially the third one? Is it good to use "it's" if after it ...

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