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Is it incorrect not to use “sia”?

A sentence like Li eniris sian domon uses the word sian to refer to the li-person. If one writes Li eniris lian domon can lian then refer to the li-person? Or will it technically refer to ...
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Should I use pronouns when speaking in the imperative?

I speak English and Danish fluently, Russian less so. I haven't seen any of those languages use pronouns in the imperative, so should I use them in Esperanto? If I do (or don't) use them, will anyone ...
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How to translate “they” when it is refering to a single company, group, or country?

I want to translate this sentence: Nintendo announced that they would re-release the game. Notice that "they" is used to refer to the entity Nintendo (or maybe the employees of the company). Would ...
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Can the ĝi pronoun be used for a person? [duplicate]

When referring to a person, where the sex is not known, can the neuter pronoun ĝi be used?
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When I assign sex to an animal, does it become li / ŝi?

I have only seen words like virkoko or kokino in sentences where they were a direct subject or object, I don't recall seeing either referred to by a pronoun. Would that still be ĝi or should I use li ...
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Ĉu eblas uzi «kie» kiel relativan pronomon en abstrakta senco?

Ekzemple, ĉu frazo kiel la jena estas ĝusta? Catan estas tabulludo kie oni konstruas vilaĝojn sur insulo. En ĉi tiu frazo Catan ne priskribas lokon, do la uzo de kie estas abstrakta. En la angla ...
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Should I ever use the pronoun “ci”?

The Fundamento defines ci and cia as follows: ci tu, toi, | thou | du | ты | ty. ci'a ton, ta | thy, thine | dein | твой | twój. Unfortunately, I've never actually seen ci used anywhere. I've ...
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Does Esperanto have a gender-neutral pronoun that can be used for humans?

In English, if I don't know the gender of the person I'm referring to, I'm stuck using one of several suboptimal pronoun options. For example, if I want to say: The lawyer is sick. ___ is going ...