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

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“Both” for three items. Is it really impossible? Is there an alternative?

In Russian: По той причине, что мне нужен стиль и для обычного текста, и для текста внутри таблиц, и для сносок, использование стиля Text Body вводило бы в заблуждение. Here is how this passage ...
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Bread + singular / plural pronoun

I know that "bread" is an uncountable noun. So logically its referred pronoun should be singular as well, but recently, I have come across a sentence in a book (written by a non-native ...
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I am confused with using pronouns

Those dreaming of the perfect match are outnumbered by those who don’t really want it at all, though perhaps they can’t admit it. In above sentence, it is confusing what those two pronouns refer to. (...
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“all of the day” or “all day”

The following quotation is from my grammar textbook under a unit about "all" and "whole": All day/the whole day = the complete day from beginning to end, for example: We spent ...
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Is the usage of “where” in this sentence acceptable?

Is the usage of “where” in this sentence acceptable? Each holiday we arrange ten volunteers to teach for three weeks in rural primary school where mostly understaffed and severely lacking in ...
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The noun “it” points to

The following is an excerpt from a passage from ETS, operator of TOEFL test. I wonder, which name the pronoun "it" points to. The tradition of religious sculpture extends over most ...
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What is the meaning of 'it is to'?

This is a sentence I came across. What, then, is the solution? It is to explore what this book itself says about this topic. I wonder what the meaning of the bolded words. Specifically, what does '...
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Can I use 'whatever' in this sentence? Why is 'what' here?

The rising power of the consumer and their new-found ability to get what they want, whenever they want, from whomever they want. 1."to get what they want" Can I use 'whatever' instead? 2....
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Do you use “and” or “nor” when followed by a pronoun?

For example, Claims are not liable to insurers, investors, nor S Corporation and its owners. Claims are not liable to insurers, investors, S Corporation, nor its owners. Which conjunction would you ...
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Can we start a question with pronouns?

Starting questions with pronouns Forex. "I have to do this assignment in my notebook or on my computer?" Can we write a question like this or it is incorrect?
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What do “they” refer to in this sentence?

Science is unique. Instead of making guesses, scientists follow a system designed to prove if their ideas are true or false. They constantly reexamine and test their theories and conclusions. Old ...
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If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to another/the other tool?

Which one is correct: If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to ANOTHER tool. If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in ...
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What does the word “they” in this sentence replace?

These chocolate-flavored muffins have got walnuts in them, and they smell really good. Which word does the word "they" in this sentence replace? "Muffins" or "walnuts"? (...
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Could these words be left out in these sentences?

From time to time, I come across some sentences (and create them myself) that have object pronouns that, in my perspective, are wrongly used. For instance: The newest show has these known actors in ...
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Verbs without pronouns

You're going to yell at my son, and you expect me to just stand and watch? You're going to yell at my son and expect me to stand there and watch? In the second sentence there is no pronoun preceding ...
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What is the order of singular and plural pronouns in the same sentence?

What's the order to be followed in case of pronouns where there are 2 third person subjects, one being plural and one singular. For example You, David, them and I are invited for the party. Or will ...
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What does “this” refer to in the passage?

If it refers to our progress in understanding, what is the difference between our progress in understanding and the progress of knowledge? He was disappointed that scientific progress has not cured ...
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“Prefer X ones over Y ones” vs. “Prefer X over Y ones”

Inside functions, prefer superlocal variables over local ones and local ones over global ones; outside functions, prefer global ones over superglobal ones. Inside functions, prefer superlocal ...
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Which pronoun should I use after “lots of paper”? (“it” v “them”)

Does this sentence sound grammatically correct? He used lots of paper and cut them into different sizes. Or should I use it instead?
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What is the role of “all” in phrases such as “All gone!”

This evening one of my cats, during crazy time, bashed her way at a gallop into the kitchen, her tail an absolute bottle brush. "Oh, Bársony!" I said, "what's the matter? Your tail is ...
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Omitting relative pronoun in a conditional clause

Though it's generally discouraged, this approach is acceptable in some rare cases. Though generally discouraged, this approach is acceptable in some rare cases. "it" in the first sentence ...
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Is “his wife” a pronoun in this sentence?

In this sentence, I know "them" is a pronoun but I'm not sure if "his wife" is a pronoun or not? Rand loves sports cars, and his wife loves them too
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Who does “they” refer to in this sentence?

“I never wanna be the guy who stops loving someone for loving the way that they want to love” Who does "they" refer to, "the guy" or "someone"? P.S. This sentence is ...
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Does “anyone” mean “any random person”?

Since my question actually is about stating the correct words, it needs to communicate by an example. Suppose I am elected as the president of America now. One day, my mother comes and knocks my door ...
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Does this refer to 'to reward inventors~'?

Or, does it refer to 'the original rationale for granting patents'? Patents and copyright laws grant too much credit and reward to individuals and imply that technology evolves by jerks. Recall that ...
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Can I say “they wanted me to fit in this world?” and “they wanted to fit me in this world”? Are they both correct?

I feel like they are both correct in the speaking but also feel like maybe one of them is incorrect grammatically because of the obeject pronoun. Is there a rule to object pronoun before or after ...
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What should I use, 'them' or 'those'?

What and why should I use to mean websites or organizations, 'them' or 'those'? Should I use those in every case, except if I'm indicating a group of persons? Example Sentence: There are many ...
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Can that refer to plural?

In the following sentence, does that refer to plural approaches? The consequence is that non-scientific approaches to reality — and that can include all the arts, religion, and personal, emotional ...
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Omitting pronouns like “it” or “they”

In a style guide for writers by Apple there are a lot of sentences like alternate Don't use when you mean alternative. America, American Refers to both North and South America. Don't use when you ...
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It and this difference

Is there any difference between "it" and "this" in my sentences? Is it your computer? Is this your computer? Is this your brother? Is it your brother?
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What is the pronoun to refer back to 'humans'

Consider: Although humans have highly developed brains, most animals have more acute senses than them. A test book says that "than them" is incorrect, but I can't understand why it's ...
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“This”, “that” and “it” difference

I know the difference between "that" and "this" that "this" is used to point to something near you, while "that" is used to refer to something far from you, but ...
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Can I use ”it” to refer to everything [duplicate]

Can I use it to refer to everything. An example: I took everything out of the washer and put it in the dryer.
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Is it possible to use pronouns before prepositions?

I have a parts of speech worksheet where it asks to use a pronoun before a preposition in a sentence and I don’t think it is possible. Here is the problem: Pronoun / Preposition / Pronoun-Adjective / ...
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Which of these is correct: “The team consists of John and I/me/myself.”? [closed]

Which of these is correct: "The team consists of John and I/me/myself."? I'm confused here, since none of the options feel right...
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“I've started my preparation(s) for…” or “I've started preparation(s) for…”?

Could you tell which of the following sentences sounds the most natural and why? I can't go out today. You see, I've just started my preparation for the final exam. I can't go out today. You see, I'...
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Difference between “one after another” and “one after the other”

So the deal is that I understand the difference between another and the other when they are alone: the other means the exact one while another isn't that specific. BUT is the difference the same when ...
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Numbers after pronouns

Is saying "my three cats" wrong? Should it be "three cats of mine"? My English books says that the latter one is correct, but to my ear, the first one sounds correct too.
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Which is correct? “It is me/I who am your teacher”

Can you help me with this? Are both sentences correct? It is me who am your teacher Or It is I who am your teacher
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Should verb “is/are” stay before or after a pronoun in the end of the question?

Such sentence for instance: Who knows what creatures are these?. Text editors correct this as Who knows what creatures these are?. Which is right or both?
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Let John and I go or Let John me go [duplicate]

Let John and I go is correct or not? Or should I use Let John and me go? Which one is correct and why? Here "I" is the subject pronoun and "me" is object pronoun. Above John and me/...
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How is he? or How is him? [closed]

In a question like "How are you?", the pronoun is after a verb (to be) and I know that after verbs it's necessary to use objective pronouns. Then, which one is correct: "How is he?"...
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Can a pronoun refer to a subject in the next clause?

Is it grammatically correct to have a pronoun refer to a subject in the next clause? See the below example. Because their guardians are with them, teenagers will not be able to approach drug dealers ...
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using a descriptive phrase in place of a pronoun

Consider the example below: For hours, al-Fadl had trudged through sand and shouted fruitlessly for help. Now, as the severely dehydrated cleric collapsed into the suffocating sand and felt his heart ...
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Can I not use the pronoun “You” in the instructions?

When I write about the need to do something, the my translator translates: First YOU need to perform the following steps. But I do not appeal to a specific person, but I speak of necessity in ...
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Advertisements and Instructions Missing Stuff

Michael Swan in his book http://ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/Practical%20English%20usage.pdf (page 2) writes So, my question is what would all the sentences look like if we added all the things ...
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It was very different, when the masters of the science sought immortality and power

The following extract is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'd like to know what the "it" and "such views" refer to. Does the "it" refer to modern natural philosophy, or ...
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Can a pronoun represent a noun first appearing in a relative clause or first appearing as an object?

I have a question about the use of pronouns. Can a pronoun represent a noun first appearing in a relative clause? Can a pronoun represent a noun first appearing as an object (like the object of a ...
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I am leaving town for a few days. can I use definite article ’the’ before the uncountable noun ’town’ here

Here the town is an uncountable noun When referred to work place or place where I live and don’t use an article.But in the conversation if I had mentioned the word town or spoke about it already,...
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“it will be no fun to watch” or “it will be no fun to watch it”?

"it will be no fun to watch" or "it will be no fun to watch it"? At first, it looked like a ridiculous question to me, but later, as I thought more, I realized I didn't know the answer. What I need ...

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