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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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Hello!
I would like to check my answer from 'Discover your test'
The question is
The baby boy saw ... in the mirror and started to cry.
I chose 'itself'.
At that time I'm not sure.It is correct or not.
Please kindly fix if my writing is wrong.
Thank you in advance.

Hi Ei Thandar Kyaw,

I think himself is the most likely answer, since the sentence mentions 'boy'.

If the sentence was just The baby saw ... (without mentioning 'boy'), then 'itself' would be the best answer.

I hope that helps :)

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your answer.It is very helpful for me.When I answer that question i didn't noticed 'the baby boy' i thought it was 'the baby'.Next time i must read the question very carefully.

Dear Sir,

Kindly explain me that, Mitigors & Intensifiers are Adjective of is that Adverb?
I have read about in adjective section but I am still confuse to make sense about.

Hello Imran 26,

Mitgators and intensifiers are adverbs which are used to make adjectives weaker or stronger, respectively. They are in the adjectives section because they are used only with adjectives and not with verbs or as sentence adverbs.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi,

I have a quick question:

1. Which of these sentence constrauctions is the correct one?

- Here it is/Here I am
- Here is it/Here am I.

2. Is it correct to say "It's I" or should it be "It's me"?

Thanks.

Hi Peace95,

The first sentence is correct. This is an example of inversion in which the adverb here is moved to the front, but there is no need to change the subject-verb order.

 

We say it's me not it's I. The same is true for other pronouns: it's him, it's them etc.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

I'm a bit confused about the use of "I want to . . ." and "I wanted to . . " I sometimes hear people say "I wanted to" when they ought to say "I want to". For example, if you want to thank someone for his help, is it correct to say "I wanted to thank you for your help"? The fact is, you still (presently) want to thank him, so your desire to thank him is not in the past. Even if you have been thinking of thanking him since last week, you're still thinking of it today; so, it's in the present. In such a case, why would it be correct to say "I wanted to thank you" instead of simply saying "I want to thank you"?

Hello Tomi,

This is a great observation. You are right in thinking that 'wanted' really means 'want' in such cases. The reason people use a past form is because it is considered more polite.

Using a verb form that is more 'distant' in time from the actual time we are speaking about is one common way of being polite in English. So in this example, a past form is used to speak about the present. We use the past in this way particularly when expressing our desire to do something.

Another example is the use of 'would like' instead of 'want' -- 'would like' is more 'distant' than 'want' because it is more of an expression of a desire than a direct request. When, for example, people are at the counter at Tim Horton's, they generally say 'I'd like a coffee' instead of 'I want a coffee' to make their order because it is more polite.

Hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for the clarification. Very helpful.

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