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

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Reported speech - pronoun change rule

An exercise on reported speech has the following: Choose the correct answer: David said, “Can we go tomorrow?”. A. David said if we can go tomorrow. B. David asked if we could go the following day. C....
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Using the word discuss without the object

Let's discuss this with him Let's discuss with him are both of them grammatically correct? A grammar checker pointed out a flaw in "Let's discuss with him" and suggested adding "this&...
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object pronoun + gerund

"Sometimes, I like a few things about being a social media influencer. / me being a social media influencer. I have seen people use the first structure, but also the second structure with ...
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Is it correct this pronoun to replace a subject?

Taking into consideration the skills of Hassim in these courses, I am sure she made the right decision in choosing the master’s in agriculture. Furthermore, this master is crucial for enhancing his ...
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Is 'neither' a pronoun or determiner

Is neither a pronoun or determiner in this sentence? (its exemplified as pronoun, but is it replaceable by noun phrase?) "Neither of the boys sent in his report." Official Guide to the Toefl ...
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those of us who were new

Can one use a. He talked to us who were new at the office. b. He talked to you who were new at the office. c. He talked to them who were new at the office. instead of a1. He talked to those of us who ...
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Do we need 'it' in 'which I know (it) is true'?

This assumption which I know is true (or which I know it is true?) made me change my opinion on the matter. Which seems to be the subject of is whereas the direct object of I know is which is true. ...
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I can’t stand much more of this

I can’t stand much more of this. I can't stand much of this. I can't stand more of this. I can't stand of this. In no.1, what's the part of speech of 'much' and 'more'? I think 'much' modifies 'more'....
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Difference between a determiner and a pronoun?

What I learnt - Can someone please clarify if the words in bold are determiners or pronouns? Each of my teachers has long hair. Both of my close friends live in Scotland. Either of these plans sounds ...
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Pronoun + preposition?

I just saw a sentence "Stop stealing from firefighters, who are trying to save the province. Have some respect for us on the line". As far as I'm concerned, pronouns such as 'he', 'she', 'us'...
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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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"It is you who doesn't OR don't want this" - Stuck between 'don't' and 'does not'

I got stuck while writing this in a post "It is you who does not want ...." While the third person 'it' takes 'does not', when I reveal that it is 'you', should I use 'don't'? In my final ...
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It is threads versus they are threads

I don't understand why the author used "It is" rather than They are in the following sentence. It is threads, not processes, that are the units scheduled by the system for execution on the ...
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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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“Only vs itself” which one should I use?

Should I use "itself" or "only" when I say I don't have something. Example: a. itself: I don't have insta ID itself b. only: I don't have insta ID only
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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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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It/these/they (pronouns)

Someone has been calling me all morning Don't worry, these are just spam calls I realize that "calls" are in plular and thus we should use "these/those", but is it possible to use ...
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Is 'more other' grammatically correct?

Consider the following sentence: Within your template, the dependsOn element enables you to define one resource dependent on one or more other resources. Is it grammatically correct to use 'more ...
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Converting Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - "Our" to "Their"

Today, my teacher gave me a few rules on changing direct speech to indirect speech. One of the rules was - 1) Change pronouns - "Our" changes to "Their". After this I was given an exercise. I was ...
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articles: using them multiple times or once for a single person

He is both a singer and a scientist. He is both a singer and scientist. which of the two is correct? Further, In the sentence While evaluating your progress I have taken into account your ...
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When referring to a large entity (such as an organisation), do we use singular or plural? [duplicate]

Microsoft are forcing people to switch to Windows 11, or Microsoft is forcing people to switch to Windows 11?
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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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What is a noun clause?

That was she woke up in the middle of the night. Is the clause [she woke up in the middle of the night] a noun clause? Thank you.
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which is something you often do

a. Tom blames himself and Jack does too. Could that sentence mean that Jack blames Tom too, or does it always mean that Jack blames himself? b. I talked to my mother, and you did too. I think that one ...
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"What" or "which" in questions presuming picking out object(s) in mind first and identifying their belonging to some class in the definitive answer

I have two subtly different situations. There are two pictures in one of which some (living) things are present that are absent in the other. How should one correctly put questions of this type: &...
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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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The use of its vs. their for numbers

The title of my work is: "RANKING FUZZY NUMBERS AND ITS APPLICATIONS TO FUZZY DECISION-MAKING PROBLEMS" Kindly suggest whether the word "its" needs to be changed to "their&...
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Should "this" be replace by "it"?

I remember I learned somewhere that when using "this" again, better change to "it"? But why does the book use "this" in the second question? Is the book wrong or what I ...
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Can pronouns be modified by prepositional phrases or relative clauses?

As far as I know, pronouns such as "it" cannot be modified like "beautiful it". However, from my experience, I have heard native speakers say things like "Enjoy it with your ...
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'Their' meaning when used with 'Together with'

Mrs. XYZ and all family members together with ABC and DEF joyfully invite you to celebrate their wedding ceremony. What does 'Their' mean here? I want 'Their' to refer to ABC and DEF. What should be ...
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What is the differences between using "was" or "is" or even others like "will be" in these conversations?

I found that in discourse, "that" or other pronouns can refer to many things. Sometimes it is an idea or it can involve specific elements in the discourse. But because I am not a native ...
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What type of "it" is used in "It had been agreed…"?

What type of "it" is used in this sentence: It had been agreed that they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Mr. Jones was safely out of the way.
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pronoun "it" question in context

If your dog pesters you for petting when you need to be doing something else, break off visual contact with him. You can use your torso to push him away with a body block (remember not to use your ...
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Can I use "they" to refer to the singular "population"?

Can I use "they" to refer to the singular "population"? An aging population can heavily strain public health systems, a drawback that far outweighs any potential benefits they may ...
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How to pronounce and detect 'd

Could someone show me how to pronounce it and detect it when hearing I'd You'd he'd it'd we'd they'd
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The grammar of "everyone else my age"

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise. -- Margaret Atwood Why can "else" introduce a noun phrase (my age), what part of speech is it?...
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“It is a great deal!” vs “This is a great deal!” vs “That is a great deal!” vs “Those are a great deal!”

What’s the correct answer for the following question set? Speaker A: I’ll buy these rugs as a memento of our holiday. Speaker B: __________ a great idea! a. Those are (a great idea!) b. It’s (a ...
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What does "this" refer to?

The text below is from a book published by Cambridge University Press. Does "this" refer to the entire bold part or only the "so" clause? If it refers to only the "so" ...
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Do we need to use “each” with a plural subject describing an item they both possess?

In this sentence below, do we need to add the indefinite pronoun “each” to make sure it’s clear both cars have a single hook? Or is it already understood without it? “Two identical cars each with a ...
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Does this "anyone" mean "no one"?

I'm guessing the following sentence means "no one has respects for my perspective/opinion/insight/sentiments/humor". Suffice it to say, it's been a steady decline towards hopelessness that ...
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Three dozen or three dozens

Three dozen of eggs are bought. Three dozens of eggs are bought. Which expression is correct and why?
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'For (his) betrayal, the general was simply demoted a little in rank.' vs. 'For the general's betrayal he was simply demoted a little in rank.'

I am trying to translate a sentence into English. Here is what I have got: For the general's betrayal, he was simply demoted a little in rank. For his betrayal, the general was simply demoted a ...
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Who does "she" refer to in "She wasn’t the jealous type, but she’d always been curious, and Sabé rarely did anything first."?

In Star Wars: Queen's Shadow, there is a conversation between Padmé and Sabé: “Do you like him enough?”, Padme said. “I don’t know,” Sabé said. “We’ve talked about it, so it’s not like I’m leading ...
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To whom does "her" refer in "Her relationship with then-Senator Palpatine and his successor had been calm"?

In Star Wars: Queen's Shadow, Padme, the former queen and the current senator of Naboo, has returned to her home planet after a visit to Breha. Note that Palpatine is the previous senator for Naboo, ...
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What’s the right ordering for the pronouns "he, you and I"?

He, you and I will go for a movie tomorrow. How to rearrange the pronouns in the best possible manner?
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"We had enough firewood to keep us warm" and "We had enough firewood to keep ourselves warm" correct one?

"We had enough firewood to keep us warm" (I found this example in a book) "We had enough firewood to keep ourselves warm" (whereas this is the main question if this is correct) -...
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Which antecedent does this pronoun refer to? ("John killed David in his car") [duplicate]

John killed David in his car. Who owned the car? In other words, which antecedent does the pronoun "his" refer to? John or David? Or you think this this sentence is actually so ambiguous ...
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Can I use "each other/one another" in this situation?

There are people A, B, C, and D. A hit B, B hit C, C hit D, and D hit A. In this constricted situation, can I say "they hit each other/one another"?
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What does “it” refer to in “it was too much to think of and sit still”

The following quote is from Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: He would plead until her anger would melt—until she would forgive him. Suddenly he thought: “Supposing she isn't out there—suppose she ...

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