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    Unhappy referential pronouns vs. dummy pronouns

    what's the difference?what are they? please help!!

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    Re: referential pronouns vs. dummy pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by inneedofhelp!
    what's the difference?what are they? please help!!
    Look at the following sentence:
    It's raining.

    What's actually raining? It's hard to say what 'it' refers to, so it's a dummy pronoun, there to make the sentence garmmatical. When a pronoun refers directly to something, it has reference- it's referential. In your question, you use 'they'- that's referential- I can tell you what you are referring to- the types of pronoun mentioned in your thread title.

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