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Pronouns

Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. We often use them to avoid repeating the nouns that they refer to. Pronouns have different forms for the different ways we use them. 

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Hi,

I have a quick question. If I put shoes on a child's feet, what would be the best way to say what I have done? Would it be correct to say "I wore him his shoes"?

Thanks.

Hello Agape77,

We use 'wear' to talk about the clothing that a person has on their body. We usually use 'put on' to say what you mean: 'I put his shoes on' is what you should say here.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for clarifying. I have one more question: If I put shoes on the feet of an adult (e.g., an elderly person), would it also be correct to say, 'I put his shoes on?' Wouldn't that be ambiguous in the sense that it could also mean that I put his shoes on me rather than on him?

Hello Agape77,

The answer to both of your questions is 'yes': yes, that would be correct in that situation, and yes, it could potentially be ambiguous. If you wanted to make it completely clear, you'd have to say something like 'I put his shoes on to protect his feet' or 'I put his shoes on because mine were dirty'.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish Team,

1. I learned something new from your reply to Agape77's questions above. You say it could potentially be ambiguous to say "I put his shoes on" because it could mean I put the shoes on him or on me. But can't we avoid that ambiguity by simply saying "I put his shoes on me" or "I put his shoes on him"?

2. What's the difference between "try and" and "try to". For example, which of these two sentences is grammatically the correct?

-I will try to do my homework.
-I will try and do my homework.

When do we use "try and" as opposed to "try to"?

Thanks.
Tomi.

Hi Tomi,

In answer to the first question, yes, you could use the sentences you suggested. I was just imagining different situations that the sentences might come up in with my suggestions, but yours are perfect as well.

As for your second question, 'try to' and 'try and' mean the same thing, but 'try and' is more informal. In informal situations, it's also common to hear 'and' instead of 'to' after 'wait' (e.g. 'Let's wait and see what happens').

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, the Team
Could you please explain the difference of these words "great number", "vast number", "large number"?
Are they the same?
And can they be followed by "of plural noun"? If so, what will be the verb, singular or plural form?

Thank you very much

Hi Risa warysha,

Those three phrases with number mean the same thing. They all show that the number is very high. Yes, they can be followed by of and a plural noun, and the verb is usually plural. Here are some examples:

  • A great number of people pass through the station every day.
  • A large number of trees are cut down every day.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Can we say "Great numbers of people pass through the station every day"?
Or "the great number(s) of people consuming alcohol has declined"?
Is the second sentence logic?

Hello Risa warysha,

These sentences are grammatical and so you could use them from that point of view. I would probably choose other ways to phrase them, though, though it really depends on the situation.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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