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 uchiha itache,

I don't think there is a fixed difference between seem and seems to be. I think there is a tendencey to use seem to be when there is some kind of supporting evidence (documents, another person's information etc), but I don't think this is fixed.

With regard to your other question I don't think there is any difference between seem and think in this context. Both could be used when looking at the sky and both could be used when reading a weather forecast.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Kindly help me to fill in the blank: Each boy & each girl got ............... dues. 1.His 2.her 3.his/her 4.their 5. none of this

Hello souba73,

Sorry about that! We usually ask that our users tell us what they think the answer is, and why, but here I'll just tell you the answer. The correct answer is 4.

In the future, though, please explain to us what you think the answer is.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi British Council, My company wants to hold an english course for employees. Can you help us, how to list courses here?
Do we say ( I miss you ) or ( I missed you ) ?! And if both are right, please tell me everything they could mean

Hello uchiha itache,

Both are possible. 'Miss' is a present form and we would use it if we are still missing the person. 'Missed' is a past form and we would use it if the missing was true in the past but is not true now (perhaps because the person we missed has returned).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, What kind of verb we usually should take after "who"? Is there any certain dictation?

Hi Md.Habibullah,

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any restrictions on the kind of verb that can follow 'who'. Did you have something specific in mind?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk and Habibullah, Should it be not? "He is among the few who wants to continue working on the project."

Hello awahab,

'the few' is the plural subject of the verb 'want'. 'wants' is a singular form, so it is not correct. The correct form is the plural form 'want'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I would be happy if you explain to me the difference between "help me" and "help me out". I've been trying to figure it out by reading definitions in dictionaries, but there aren't many explanations and examples.

Hi Ellenna,

'Help' by itself has a very general meaning. 'Help out' means either to do part of someone's work or task or to participate in a common effort, or else to give someone money.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir, Would you let me know the difference between Passage & Paragraph? I had appear in examination few years ago there was a question like that " Make a summery of below passage".

Hello Imran 26,

When a writer writes a narrative text, they divide it into sections such as sentences, paragraphs and chapters. The writer is the one who makes the divisions between the different sections.

A passage is a piece of a text that someone else has taken out of the text. For example, perhaps your English teacher takes just a sentence or two from a story you read in class. The writer didn't intend for those couple of sentences to stand alone -- it's your teacher who chose them, not the writer.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir, In Pakistan when we talk about Grammar in English, The Grammar books writer make a content in their English Grammar Books for new learns are Parts of Speech, then Tenses, then narrations and after that active/passive voice. They says there are 8 Parts of Speech as Noun,Pronoun,Adjective, Adverb,Preposition,conjections and Interjection. sir, is the above sequence for new learner in English Grammar are correct? do you think native speakers also follow this sequence for English Grammar?

Hello Imran 26,

This is an interesting question. There are lots of different ideas on how to teach grammar and it's also important to consider what the learners' background is. For example, do the students already speak English and are just learning the grammar?

I'm afraid these are all issues that we don't really get involved in here on LearnEnglish. On our sister site, TeachingEnglish, though, I'm sure you could find some interesting discussion of this topic -- for example, searching for 'teaching grammar', I found this page on how to teach grammar.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

He is among the few who want to continue working on the project. Sir,is there any grammatical error?
I would like to say thanks to British council for provide us such an amazing plat form where we can learn English in congenial environment and special thanks to Sir, Kirk & Sir, Peter and all the team of British Council they are ready to help us and teach us with and amazing way. I truly say that their teacher are really caring, kind and too sincere with us. Thank you all of you.
Could you help me with the following, please: When you write a formal letter, can you open it like "Dear Mr Robert Smith" or it should be "Dear Mr Smith". Thank you.

Hello Ellenna,

In a formal letter you should avoid using the addressee's first name in this way. In other words, you should use 'Dear Mr Smith', not 'Dear Mr Robert Smith'.

One exception to this is when you don't know the addressee's gender, though in this case you don't use the title. For example, the name 'Jordan' is commonly given to both boys and girls in English, so if you needed to write to 'Jordan Smith' and didn't know their gender, you could say 'Dear Jordan Smith'. Note that it's not 'Dear Mr Jordan Smith'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Sir, I have enough money I have enough of the money They used 10 percent eggs They used 10 percent of the eggs I have more personnel I have more of the personnel I think these are interchangeable and two different ways of writing the same thing isn't it or is there any difference in them ?

Hello SonuKumar,

The use of 'the' here is no different to the use of 'the' elsewhere. It tells us that we are talking about a particular set or group of items, not about something in general.

I have enough money (general)

I have enough of the money (which we brought with us)

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, 1-Price List for Self-finance materials/Price List of Self-finance materials. What is the correct preposition here for/of?

Hello Imran 26,

There is no fixed rule for this but I would say 'for' is the most natural choice.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, Much more of amazing music or Much more amazing music Many more of the other artists or Many more other artists Enough of the day or Enough day. I think these all are correct and also interchangeable in some specific context but these things confuse my mind revolving around it and I gets into thinking as to which one to use and which not. what should I study in English grammar to clear this confusion out of my mind ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Could you please provide some context for these phrases? 1, 4 and 6 are all a bit unusual. They might be possible in a specific context, which is why it would be much easier to explain them if you provided a bit of context.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

1-Kindly send us the details as per request for customer. 2-Kindly find the attached file as Price list for Self-Finance materials. Sir, did I use correct preposition in above two sentences? I use these sentences twice aweek in e-mail correspondence but I am confuses about there preposition.

Hello Imran 26,

If I've understood what I think you mean, for 1 I would recommend 'Kindly send us the details as requested by the customer' (a customer requested details from you and you need to get them from someone else). For 2, I would recommend 'Please find the price list for self-finance materials in the attached file'.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir, Kindly let me know that how can I recognize a person is talk about His/Her own weeding or another one in below sentences. 1- I am wearing a suit because I'm going to a weeding at one o'clock.

Hello Imran,

Normally a person would say 'my wedding' if they were referring to their own wedding. Since the speaker in this sentence uses 'a wedding', it's likely they're speaking about someone else's wedding.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir, Yesterday I was studying preposition section in this site but I am confuse about the below sentences which have use in preposition section. kindly teach me can we also use these sentences with preposition as mentioned below. 1-This spray should protect you from mosquitoes. This spray should protect you by mosquitoes. 2-I don’t approve of your language, young man. I don’t approve your language, young man. 3-Our dog died of old age. Our dog died in old age. 4-If you make so much noise I can’t concentrate on my work. If you make so much noise I can’t concentrate at my work.

Hello Imran,

I'm afraid none of the sentences you suggest are correct. They're certainly comprehensible, but we don't use those prepositions that way. Prepositions are often as much a matter of usage (in other words, we just use them the way we use them) than anything else.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

This man whom I trusted cheated me. May I rewrite this sentence like this ? = This man cheated me whom I trusted. Can I also write Who instead of whom ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Nowadays, 'whom' is a relatively rare form -- instead most people will use 'who'. It still means the same thing, i.e. 'who' can be used as a subject and also as an object pronoun.

I'm afraid the other formulation of the sentence is not grammatically correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir, Kindly let me know which is the correct preposition in below sentences: 1- I am getting inside the car. 2- I am getting into the car. please also send me the link at this site for preposition section.

Hello Imran 26,

The correct preposition here in most contexts is 'into'. It is possible to use 'get inside' but it would suggest someone finding a way into a place they should not be allowed into, such as a thief or a spy.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, I am not sure .But I think we can use "we will be having dinner at 8 '0' clock" instead of "I am going to be having dinner" at 8 '0' clock. Pls confirm.

Hello Lakki,

Yes, both sentences are grammatically correct and in most contexts there is probably no difference in meaning between them (other than the difference in subjects). You can see a bit more about the different forms used to talk about the future on our Future Plans page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi. I am from Georgia and want that practice and refine english language. please someone help me and contact me

Hello temo143,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! We have hours and hours of free resources for you to use as you please.

I'm afraid we don't provide personal tutoring, but please see our Getting started page for general advice on how to get started and our Frequently asked questions page for advice on how to get the most out of our site to improve specific skills (e.g. speaking).

Let us know if you have any questions or if you need help finding a place to start.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir, I am 28 years old. I am struggling to learn English since a long time ago, but I am still weak. Kindly let me know at my age , can I learn then use English as native speaker do? It feels to me that I am a mature age that's why I am weak to get English, some peoples say that If you learn English at early age of your childhood that you can Use English as native do. At maturity age to learn English is not good time.

Hello Imran 26,

There is absolutely no reason why a person cannot learn a new language at any age, and there are many examples of people successfully learning new languages very late in life, so don't lose hope! The keys are having motivation and time, and both of these can be harder to find when you are a little older.

We have a section especially for people new to the site and/or to learning English. You can find it here and I think it will be very helpful for you to read. Please also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, where you can find advice on particular aspects of the language and the learning process.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team