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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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Sir,
Could I say that "My Aim in life" might be a multiple purpose in my life but "The Aim of my life" specified or just one purpose in life?

Hello Imran 26,

No, both phrases refer to a single (or most important) aim. You would use plural forms to talk about more than one aim:

My aims in life are...

The aims of my life are...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
I am a English teacher in school, today I was dictating to my student an Essay on topic "My aim in life" .
My students say why there is preposition used "in", they say it might be " My Aim of life".
please let me know what is the correct one that I could teach them.

Hello Imran 26,

This is really a question of convention rather than rules. The phrase 'aim in life' is a common expression, as are 'purpose in life', 'goal in life' and 'ambition in life'.

You can use 'of' but note that we would then say 'the aim' (as 'of' identifies the noun) and use a possessive adjective: 'the aim of my life', 'the purpose of my life' and so on. However, as I said, 'in life' is the normal expression here.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for being helpful. You're doing great job. I am satisfied with the answers.
I have another concern and I would appreciate it if you could help me out.
They have taught me that after the word " than" and " as" we always use the subject case.
Example:
So which of the following sentences is correct or wrong and why?
1.She is smarter than he.
2. Do as I do
3. Your job is more difficult than mine.
4. Your job is more difficult than I.
5. Your job is more difficult as mine.
6. You job is more difficult as I.
Thanks for the help.

Hello hawa100

In informal situations,normally object forms are used after 'than' and 'as' (e.g. 'She is smarter than him').

Subject forms are more common in formal situations (e.g. sentences 1 and 2). When subject forms are used, a verb often follows them (as in 2).

The subject and object forms of the possessive pronoun 'mine' are identical. Sentence 3 is therefore correct and appropriate in both formal and informal situations.

Sentences 4 and 6 do not make sense because you are comparing a job with a person.

Sentence 5 is not correct because 'as' is not used after a comparison with 'more'. You could say either 'Your job is as difficult as mine' or 'Your job is more difficult than mine', but you cannot mix these two kinds of comparison.

Hope that clears it up for you.

Best wishes

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
What could be the opposite of 'fast colour'?

Thanks

Thank you sir once again for the help.
I am still confused between the two:
In front of people.
And
Before people.
Could you please detail a little bit the both for me with examples ?

Hello hawa100

You can say both things. As Peter says, 'before' is probably better because it is often used to say that something happens in the presence of people. But you can use both of them and they describe a situation in which a person is talking and there are other people in front of her. It's not clear whether she is talking to those people or if they happen to be in the same general location as her.

For example, perhaps she is a politician explaining her campaign to a news reporter, but there are other people listening. She is not exactly speaking to those people, but they are there and hear her.

I would probably say this another way, depending on what I meant, but it is correct.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir!
Thank you very much for the quick response. I am sorry. My question was about the physical position.
When it comes to that, when to use in front of and before?
Example:
So which of the following sentence is correct?
Thank you for giving me opportunity to comment on this topic before you.
Or
Thank you for giving me opportunity to comment on this topic in front of you.

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