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

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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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Effect of anything and something

What is the difference in the meaning of the following two sentences with different pronouns You must be cautious and make a few discrete enquiries about the firm before you sign anything. ...
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too surprised to say something vs too surprised to say anything

Could you explain which sentence is more correct? As I know in positive sentences we use "something" rather than "anything". But in the key to exercises I saw the second sentence. I was surprised ...
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Eliminating the use of “I” [duplicate]

1. I am not doing this and have never done that. 2. When I was working and looking outside the window. I have made up these examples. I want to know if the first sentence is grammatical or do we ...
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it was not, in reality, so distant

What does the boldfaced pronoun it refer to in the following extract from Frankenstein? This appearance excited our unqualified wonder. We were, as we believed, many hundred miles from any land; ...
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Either our or their

Either our or their which one of the two is correct in the following sentence? Our people must work hard with a view to improving our/their national economy. Is anyone of them wrong?
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None of my friends live near me. vs None of us speaks Italian

As I see from my grammar book both sentences are correct, but I don't understand why in first one is "live", but in second - "speaks"? Could you explain this difference? None of my friends live ...
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Can I not use the pronoun “I”?

Is it possible not to use the pronoun "I" when it occurs very often? For example, there are sentences: I will have breakfast now. Then I will go for a walk. Then I will go to sleep. Is it possible ...
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Third-person pronouns for inanimate objects in the next sentence

What pronoun to put for inanimate objects in a new sentence (he/she/they) or (it)? For example: A rainbow appeared in the sky. She was very beautiful. or: A rainbow appeared in the sky. It was very ...
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“with your not trusting yourself”

The following quoted sentence is a dialogue, spoken by a therapist to the male protagonist from the series 'The Affair'. These feelings you have for Alison (male protagonist’s wife) judging you, ...
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Neither - Nor vs Don’t- And [duplicate]

Alex likes neither candy nor cake. Alex don’t like candy and cake. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Sentences That Start With 'It'

Some ESL students have trouble understanding the logic of sentences starting with it, i.e. 'It is cold.' Or using 'it' as a pronoun to replace ideas in general. Usually they will start the sentence ...
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“My”, “him” etc. as subject

I've got a question which comes from my possible not understanding the following sentence. He hated using his hands, and he hated bending down, which was always liable to start him coughing. In ...
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I brought my pen, (my) keys, (my) bag etc

Do I need to repeat a personal pronoun every time I use some noun with it? I brought my pen and pencil or I brought my pen and my pencil What if we have more nouns? I took my glasses, my phone, ...
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Who vs whom usage

I have a friend whom I met last year, started a new business, was not interested in it. I have a friend who I met last year, started a new business, was not interested in it. My grammar book is ...
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“One” vs using “ Each one”

I know that the word "one" refers to people in general.So what is the difference between phrase 1 and 2. 1-Each one should look after oneself in these circumstances. 2-One should look after oneself ...
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Which or Who(m)?

Sometimes I come across "Which" being used for people. I didn't get to see the twins very well. That's why I can't tell which is which. Which of you ate the chocolate? Which one is the ...
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Why “either' is not a Demonstrative pronoun while ”neither" can be one?

Why "either' is not a Demonstrative pronoun while "neither" can be one? I found it from this source that "neither" can be a demonstrative pronoun. So I am curious why "either" can't be? https://www....
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“Give him it”/“Give it to him” vs. “Give John it”/“Give it to John”

Subject + indirect object + direct object: "Give him it." Subject + direct object + preposition + indirect object: "Give it to him." Similarly, "Give it to John" is ok. But what's the wrong ...
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who vs that usage

1) The only person who can read and write English well is my friend. 2) The only person that can read and write English well is my friend. Which one is correct? What is the difference in meaning ...
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Reflexive pronouns

1)I like him. 2)I myself like him. what is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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What does “they” do in “Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they”?

Below are two lines from a famous poem by Dylan Thomas: " Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that ...
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“Makes someone and __ do something” — I or me?

I have a sentence "So thoughtful and just makes Mrs. Smith and I miss them even more!" Is this grammatically correct? I'm in doubt because I'm not certain whether "Mrs. Smith and I" is a compound ...
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The same vs it usage

1) He bought a house and is living in the same. 2)He bought a house and is living in it. I thought both are correct. But my grammar book is saying first form is wrong and we should use second ...
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Who's that - this ? Or Who's he - she?

I am trying to learn English and I really appreciate your help. my question is: What is more common in the native speakers, when u don't know about one person? WHO'S THIS? - WHO'S THAT? or WHO'S ...
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Clarification on confusing news headline: Trump says spoke 'sarcastically' about injecting disinfectants

I encountered this headline in a news website just now: "Trump says spoke 'sarcastically' about injecting disinfectants" English is not my first language but I know there is something wrong with the ...
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HELP: Which version is correct: “It wasn't they who had changed the rules” or “It wasn't them who had changed the rules”?

Which version is correct: "It wasn't they who had changed the rules" or "It wasn't them who had changed the rules"?
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The purpose of David and mine is to confuse you

The purpose of professor David and mine is to confuse you with questions on English grammar. Is the question correct. Since the question begins with genetive case, I think the correct pronoun is ...
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Is “there” a subject?

A clause usually has a subject and a verb. For example, in this sentence, "Joe loves baseball". "Joe" is the subject, "loves" is the verb. How about "there is"? There's someone on the phone ...
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Who come / comes here?

Dad says to her son: Who come / comes to meet you every evening. (When Dad knows for sure that there are more than one person) I found from somewhere, though not very reliable, that in this case ...
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What does 'they' refer to in the sentence?

In the following sentence, what does 'they' refer to. While people are arguing how coronaviruses spread, they have spread around the world.
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Livelihood vs livelihoods usage

I am really confused about the usage of livelihood and livelihoods in below sentences: "The falling orders for new ships mean that many shipyard workers are likely to lose their livelihood." "Many ...
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What is the difference between “Paying in cash” and “Paying with cash”?

What is the difference between the following sentences? I paid with cash I paid in cash Could I use the word "money" instead of cash?
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“system and device such as that disclosed in U.S. Patent No.” — what does “that” refer to?

The bioassay aspect of the present invention herein may be carried out in a testing subunit or test cartridge designed for use with a bench-top or portable testing system and device such as that ...
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Why Taylor Swift says “The story of us” but not “The story of ours”?

I have a problem in understanding this type of relation between object and possessive pronouns. Can someone help me with this?
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Relative Pronoun Who/That in this sentence

I've come across this type of sentence: I'm asking the name of person was speaking to us. Could I use "That/Who" here? Like: [...] Of the person who/that was talking to us Is it stuffy or ...
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Using 3rd person “s” with relative pronouns

My question is about adding S to the third person in questions starting by WH or any other type of word not only by do or does. for instance, which of the following sentences are correct? Is there ...
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Should I be using “me” or “I” in this sentence?

There are my father, mother, grandparents, me who was seven years old, and my brother who was five years old. The above sentence is used to describe a photograph. Is the sentence correct? Will it be "...
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Everyone must do one's duty

Please let me know which is the correct answer? Everyone must do one's duty. (a) his (b) everyone's (c) their (d) No improvement I believe option a is the correct answer.
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Are “Beautiful me” and “Beautiful we” grammatically correct?

I wanted to create some maximally short and correct construction with any adjectives and those pronouns. I did some search engine research but there was nothing with "beautiful we", so what about the "...

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