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

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Where or when to join the modifying clause?

Source :in the minddle paragraph I had the pleasure of running into John Paulson this past week where I got to introduce myself in passing. This past week is a time ,not a ...
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What does a relative pronoun refer to in the preceding sentence

Are both of these correct? I.e., can a relative pronoun refer to anything in the preceding sentence, or even earlier in the paragraph? "Bob went to Costco to buy some bread. It was delicious.&...
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Can we use verbs like 'miss' and 'love' without the pronouns?

Can we use verbs like 'miss' and 'love' without the pronouns? I've heard people say things like Miss you Love you I don't know why, but this doesn't sound idiomatic or grammatical to me.
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They vs it when talking about companies [duplicate]

X company offers the best coverage plans. They also offer great benefits. X company offers the best coverage plans. It also offers great benefits. Or X is a known company in the world of tech. They ...
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“It must have been a powerful wizard to … ” — is “it” a pronoun or a dummy?

"Charlie's in Romania studying dragons, and Bill's in Africa doing something for Gringotts [bank]," said Ron. "Did you hear about Gringotts? It's been all over the Daily Prophet, but I ...
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What is the correct Object Pronoun to complete the sentence “I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like ____”

What's the correct object pronoun to complete the following sentence, "it" or "them"? "I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like _____." Edit: Do I use the ...
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How to say “whoever's”?

Please look at the following example: If someone asks me to not upvote a question (suppose) and I want to tell them in response that "I will upvote whoever's question I want". How to express ...
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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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Meaning of any - one vs all [closed]

Lets say someone has 10 trading cards of a fictive trading card game in his hand. He plays a card with an effect. This effect says: You discard any of your cards and this effect is activated... Would ...
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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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“I don't think there's someone home.” vs “I don't think there's anyone home.”

I saw this question on a test: "I don't think there's _________ home." One has to put a word in the empty space. So I thought to myself: someone or anyone? On one hand, my first reaction ...
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Feminine pronouns for countries

Context: Just days after the fall of Paris, General Charles de Gaulle, In one of the most important speeches in French history, told his fellow countrymen: 'Believe me...nothing is lost for France....
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“I will try to survive till that”

I will try to survive till that. My teacher (native) told me the THAT is not OK - and I have to find the good solution - this site is allowed. Possibly I would formulate on the following way, but I'm ...
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Poor 'him' or 'he'? Reason?

I checked many dictionaries and the examples of poor in the context of sympathy state 'thing', 'you' or a direct name (proper noun). I wonder what is the correct form of the pronoun there? Poor him/...
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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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Does a following pronoun ALWAYS refer to the Subject of the previous sentence?

Q1. "Mr and Mrs Smith loved their children so much. And they were very happy." What does "they" refer to? Q2. "Mr and Mrs Smith loved their children so much. But they were not ...
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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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'which' refers to which one word?

It's a son of my friend which is twenty years old. In this sentence, which refers to which one, my friend or son? Is there any usual rule here? On the other hand, how can I do if I want to use which ...
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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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Doubts on the usage of the pronoun *which*

I have a few questions about the use of the pronoun which. In the sentence: A statistical model is a family of probability distributions of a random variable which is smoothly parametrized by a ...
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Is the word Mom here considered as that person's mom or is a person called mom?

Is the word Mom here considered as that person's mom or is a person called mom? Just wait until Mom sees this!
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What do these pronouns stand for?

With the advance of science, there has been a tendency to slip into scientism, and assume that any factual claim can be authenticated if and only if the term ‘scientific’ can correctly be ascribed to ...
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Confusion between subject and object noun

The following is my sentence and I just want to understand who "his" refers to: Bruno Mars or Michael Jackson? I like listening to Bruno Mars than Michael Jackson but his dance moves are far ...
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Does “The man saw the woman who is bringing the telescope” mean the woman is bringing the telescope?

The man saw the woman who is bringing the telescope. If "who" is with the woman, does this always mean the woman is being referred to, or it can also refer to the man, even though the "...
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Which pronouns fits this sentence YOUR/THEIR? [duplicate]

Everybody, raise your hand! Everybody, raise their hand! Can both be OK? I don't think that my question is a duplicate because in my question there is a command which is not the case in the other ...
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University life is one of the best parts in {anybody's/everybody's} life

University life is one of the best parts in anybody's life. Should I use anybody's life or everybody's life? and should I use part or parts of life. I am confused. Can anyone help me with that?
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what does “that” mean?

The role of science can sometimes be overstated, with its advocates slipping into scientism. Scientism is the view that the scientific description of reality is the only truth there is. With the ...
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“Outside there is a money receiver which only accepts coins” - or “that only accepts coins”? Which relative pronoun is better?

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Outside there is a money receiver which only accepts coins ...
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“This will be displayed when the device is next switched on” or “It will be displayed when the device is next switched on”

When the device is switched off, the memory will store the mode that last appeared on the screen. This (It?) will be displayed when the device is next switched on. Which is better, this or it, in ...
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“These” or “Those” as adjectives for non-tangible nouns?

I know which one to use when describing objects. These pencils are cool. Those trees [300 meters away] are blocking my view. But what happens if the noun you're describing is not tangible? ...
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who vs. whom (vs. which) again - can whom be used as a subject of the sentence

Old English grammar books indicate a general rule of thumb for who vs whom - Who should be used to refer to the subject of a sentence. Whom should be used to refer to the object of a verb or ...
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Pronoun for animals and trees

Which pronoun should be used for animals and for trees? Is there any change in pronoun according to the situation? If yes, then what is it?
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What are the nuances between using “odd,” “weird,” or “strange” here?

Question 1: What are the nuances between using odd, weird, or strange here? Question2: Is my example correct? Example: A: Did you win the lottery B: I won the jackpot. My family does not believe I ...
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Pronoun or noun?

In one of the Batman movies, the Joker greets someone as "Hello, beautiful". Is "beautiful" a pronoun in this case? If it is not, what would you call it? Thank you
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What does “one” refer to in: “one that is subsequently rejected…”?

Here is a sentence from an LSAT: It draws an analogy between semiplaning monohulls and conventional ships that constitutes an objection to the argument's main conclusion, one that is subsequently ...
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Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea?

Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea? To explain what I mean, down below are examples I came up with; are they correct? (1) A: She didn't get picked as a actress in the movie. ...
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A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth?

A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth? Which one is correct? I think it's the second one, but I'm not sure
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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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Few questions about how we can use “it” to refer to things

From my understanding of the use of "it", it has to be used after someone has used "this" or "that" to introduce the topic. My questions: (a) If the topic is already ...
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What do the pronouns “that” and “its” refer to within the enclosed text?

I have been try­ing to un­der­stand this sen­tence, but it is a lit­tle too com­pli­cated for me to un­der­stand: In­di­vid­u­als ap­pear to have a knee-jerk re­flex­ive re­ac­tion to be­ing ex­...
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Themselves / Them / The movies

I would really appreciate it, if you could help me. I like movies that make me think about the movies. I like movies that make me think about themselves. I like movies that make me think about them. ...
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Is the use of the pronoun “who” correct in the following sentence?

Sentence: "There was some doubt as to who the child's real father was." I have a feeling I should use whom instead: "There was some doubt as to whom the child's real father was." ...
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Can two “it” in a sentence refer to two different nouns?

I am studying English, and I came across this example. "It would hardly be fair for the meatpacking industry to blame regulators for the harm that it has inflicted upon itself in the sub-prime ...
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“They” only for living things and people?

I have an easy question about the usage of expressions such as "They're so many..." (referred to an object). I've always said this, but a friend of mine, who is also an English learned, told me that I ...
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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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Is “he/his” for third person standard English when you don't know the person's gender?

I've read and heard that you can use they/their to refer to the person singular (someone, whoever, a student) when you don't know the gender of the person. Is it stand English to only use he/his? Ex.: ...
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Using she/her for the word “moon”

I was reading a short story that contain these sentences: The moon said she was stronger. The sun did not agree with her. Do we always use "she" and "her" for moon? what is the ...
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Which is correct “your” or “their” when combining questions?

What is one to do when they are locked out and therefore unable to access the Slack support channel, or have to email sysadmin from an address other than your work one? I came across the above ...
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What is the referent of “it” in “under it”?

The following quote is from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: Mr. Crawford, approaching Julia, said: "I hope I am not to lose my companion, unless she is afraid of the evening air in so exposed a ...
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If…, that/this/it

What pronouns should be used to refer to the whole content of a preceding "if" clause? For example, Which pronoun should be used in the sentences below? i) If the vase did not fall over, it/...

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