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    Dear Teachers,

    Can you please explain to me why personal pronouns ( such as he, they, etc.) can also use to refer to things.

    Example:

    I hate dogs because they bark loudly.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Can you please explain to me why personal pronouns ( such as he, they, etc.) can also use to refer to things.

    Example:

    I hate dogs because they bark loudly.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hello, I am a teacher, but there is no explanation, it is a rule.
    Personnel Pronoum subject: I, you, he, she, it (for thing) but in the plural form you have, we, and they that include person (male or female) and the things like dogs, chairs, tables, etc.

    Have a nice day.

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    Thank you, The French.

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    Re: They

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Can you please explain to me why personal pronouns ( such as he, they, etc.) can also use to refer to things.

    Example:

    I hate dogs because they bark loudly.

    Thanks in advance.
    'he' is not used for things.

    For non-animate things, the subject pronouns are "it" singular, and "they" plural. There is only one 3rd-person plural subject form - 'they', so obviously it has to be used for everything.
    The other pronouns for things derive from either 'it' or 'they' - that is, its; them, their, theirs.

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