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

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Pronouns grammar

In the following sentence: I loved his visits and found myself thinking of him a lot when he was away. I don't understand that why use "his visits", why not use "his visit"?
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Is there any difference between “another two” and “two other”?

I want to see the difference between "another" and "other" in this context. I know that another may mean "additional" or "of a different kind". What about "other" in this case? What does it mean? 1 ...
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Is “Do you know some writers?” grammatical? [closed]

Is "Do you know some writers?" grammatical? I mean, does that mean do you know a number of writers that isn't a few nor a lot but some? Is there ever used or could it be in that sense?
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How to understand the use of 'this' in this context

It took another hour to empty it completely, throw away the useless items and sort the remainder in piles according to whether or not he would need them from now on. His school and Quidditch robes, ...
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“One hoped you were dead”

In a scene in movie Burnt: Simone: Adam Jones. My God. One hoped you were dead. It is the first time they see each other in a long time. Why does Simone say "one" as opposed to "Some hoped you ...
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“You and I” or “you and me”

"You and I" is supposed to be used in the subject of the sentence. If the sentence starts with "It's you and I", does that mean it's supposed to be "you and me" because "It" is the subject and "you ...
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Plural pronoun for singular (collective) noun and instead of him/her?

For example: The government is being flayed for their abysmal performance. Is this sentence correct? Can we use singular verb "is" and plural "their" simultaneously? Also, can we use they/them ...
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“IN” or “WITH” for a clock resolution?

Which is better to use "in" or "with" if I mention a resolution of a clock? i.e. The clock is available with a resolution of milliseconds. or The clock is available in a resolution of ...
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Demonstrative pronouns with abstract nouns

What's the difference between Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "this", they will be like a child And Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "that", they'll be like a child How can I use ...
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Using “one” with “their” in formal and written ENGLISH

Is it correct to, for instance, write in a lecture: "One must answer the court's questions with due respect in their case/if they are called upon" I know such structure is admissible in colloquial ...
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'I want to study all of them's subtitles.' - is that correct?

Please tell me, can I say following: I got 10 movies and I want to study ALL OF THEM'S English subtitles. My question refers to the words all of them's. Can I say that or must I use the normal ...
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Should I put “it” before “is” to make the sentence grammatically correct?

As I am preparing for my upcoming writing exam, I came across this sentence as a so-called model essay. However, when reading it, I think I need to put "it" in front of "is" since it is another clause....
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Is “each” supposed to refer to a singular subject?

Usually "each" is used to refer to every member in the group, so it is followed by a singular verb like: Each student and teacher knows that exams are..... Each of the buildings is surrounded ...
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Can you make a noun doubly possessive?

I've noticed that native speakers sometimes make nouns they've already made possessive, possessive again. If this is syntactically sound, I don't understand it. For example, "her relative was mean" ...
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Can what be used for people

In the sentence given below It would be well for us to admire what is worthy of admiration in such a people, rather than to carp about their errors. I think the reference is made to some of the ...
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Use of Possessive or objective case of pronoun

The car of (them/their) is just amazing! What should I use, possessive pronoun or objective case I like a thing of them/someone is sounding good to me.yet I'm perplexed!
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Use of pronoun with 'this/that' and possessive

Do we ever say: His this answer is right. I've read in grammar books that we say: This answer of his. So, it should be: This answer of his is right. Which one is correct? Secondly, do we ...
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What does “one” refer to and what does this sentence mean?

I wonder if the word "one" in the following sentence refers to "face"? “What did you just say?” Tony’s very angry face was in Peter’s very embarrassed one. “I take it back.” And if I were ...
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“everything”: is it “it” or “they”

Which pronoun should be used with "everything"? I tend to believe that the following is correct: I will do everything as soon as it can be done. but the following also makes sense, considering ...
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Yours or you… which pronoun should be used here? [duplicate]

"Happiness is.. Having friends with the same mental disorders as yours." I was just wondering if this sentace is grammatical or should it be "you" at the end? Either way; it's very funny! Thanks
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Why a truck or a plane is “she”?

In trucker forums, I can see drivers referring to their trucks by pronoun “she”. Similarly a site about an older airplane writes about “restoring her”. I would expect using “it” for all things (...
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Why is “who are” is fine, but “who go” is not?

Is there any reasonable explanation (that is, not just "that's the way it is") as to why "Who are the ones who go there?" is grammatically correct, but "Who go there?" is not? In the first ...
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Is the pronoun “it” in the correct position?

The book that your father got from USA yesterday I want it for few days to read. The pronoun used “it” which refer to book - is it in correct position?
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Is “more of such examples” correct? [closed]

Let us assume that in a text we bring an example. And we want to bring more similar examples. Is this statement grammatically correct? There are more of such examples How about the following: ...
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Is the word “you” a pronoun in this sentence?

I am reading the book High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin. While defining Pronoun, the following sentence appears as an example: The books are where you left them. ...
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What “it” refers to here?

The mind is essentially survival machine. Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All ...
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Don't repeat pronouns with relatives and personnal?

I am doing an English homework, which consists in describing a process of actions. I would like to say: " The US are the worlrd leader in technology. The Japan only beats them in science, but there ...
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Grammatical function of “all” within “All about economics.”

Does all within: All about economics. play the role of pronoun?
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Where do me and you stand?

Where do me and you stand? In the aforementioned sentence the pronoun 'me' used as subject doesn't seem to fit best; I mean, the problem that I see is that: The speaker should keep himself after ...
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When should a sentence start with the pronoun “it”?

As a spanish speaker, i sometimes have problems with the personal pronoun it. Example: It can be dangerous to drive if you are tired. The question is: How do I know when to start the sentence ...
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Can 'one' as a pronoun be replaced with he/she or anyother pronoun later on in the sentence?

I found the following information on Wikipedia. I want to know whether its usage is grammatically correct. (from academic perspective)
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Explaining a definition of the pronoun

Could someone explain to me this part "used by itself" in the definition of a pronoun? Pronoun: a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants ...
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“Whose…is” vs “Whose is”

Whose painting is this? Whose is this painting? Is the second question grammatical? Do both questions focus on the same part of speech?
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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What does it refer to in the sentence?

The original text: It is no accident that the twentieth century should be the century of highly centralized governments and totalitarian dictatorships; it had to be so for the simple reason ...
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What does it refer to in the text?

That the equipment of modern camping becomes yearly more sophisticated is an entertaining paradox for the cynic, a brighter promise for the hopeful traveler who has sworn to get away from it all. ...
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What does it refer to in the context?

The original text: [...] For them the working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays, when they come, are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing ...
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“Who is it?” Vs. “Who is he?”

In many situation such as: A) If friend tells you about someone else that it's not clear to you who is the person that your friend talks about. B) Someone calls you and you do not know who is this ...
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Singular or plural : Each + has/have + his/their

What is the correct use of pronoun with each/every/each of Each of the boys has/have brought his/their pen. Each boy has/have brought his/their pen. Please explain which is correct pronoun here, ...
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“He / his being…” In this context

John being a good teacher, his son never failed. With pronouns people make sentences like: He / his / him being a good teacher, his son never failed. He(subject pronoun) seems more appropriate to ...
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What does the word “them” signify here?

Here is a sentence from a schedule planner app: In the app, you can easily group to-dos into projects and drag tasks within and between them. I am not sure if the word "them" is used here for "...
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“WHAT do you want to be?” vs “WHO do you want to be?”

I came across this What do you want to be when you grow up? [...] Are you right now who you want to be? and the first sentence sounds weird to my English learner's ear. Specifically, I am ...
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“Those were among the few times” in “Hillbilly Elegy”

English is not my mother tongue. So many times I have problems understanding exact meaning of it. While I was reading Hillbilly Elegy, I found a word quite confusing. I thought about losing my ...
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What are the pronouns for man as humankind?

I was reading a book and this came up: Man has programmed machines to transcend their limitations. and I got confused that whether the author is referring to man or machines? Can we use their as a ...
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“I'm know” is correct?

I saw using "I'm know" in formal communications with native speakers. Does that sound right? I found quite a few instances among books in Google search results. The context: "I’m know you will be a ...
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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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A pronoun for an industry can be female?

In the movie Iron Man there is the following phrase: Today, Tony Stark has changed the face of the weapons industry by ensuring freedom and protecting America and her interests around the globe....
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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reference: here's one you may not be cognizant of

Is "one" properly used in the following? Does it have a grammatically correct referent? You know about addiction to drugs and cigarettes, but here's one you may not be cognizant of: fitness addicts....
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Is “But, I later realized, have no car” grammatical?

I was engaged in some informal but I hope grammatical conversation with a friend who is less fluent in English than me (so I didn't want to confuse them!). It went: So why are you so upset? ...

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