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According to Wikipedia, A dummy pronoun is a pronoun that fulfills a syntactical requirement without providing a contextually explicit meaning of its referent. It is often a dummy pronoun in English expressions. Then is there any other word that can be deemed as dummy pronoun in specific situations?

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    one pops into head
    – iBug
    Oct 7 at 6:23
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    @iBug — One is an indefinite pronoun, it's not dummy, there's always an antecedent behind one, someone or something it refers to, and you can always replaced one by a noun phrase, a test for ‘dumminess’ the dummy it cannot pass.
    – Yellow Sky
    Oct 8 at 2:33
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    @YellowSky One (the one Bill was talking about, not the true pronoun as in ‘one does not simply walk into Mordor’) is used with the indefinite article, both in the phrase ‘not a one’ (plus ‘nary a one’ and similar constructions), and also when modified: ‘a single one’, ‘an extra one’, etc. Oct 9 at 17:00
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    In addition to dummy "it", existential "there" as in "There is a fly in my soup" is a dummy pronoun. However, the pro-form "one" that occurs in such examples as "She left us six pears; this one is riper than the other ones" is not a dummy pronoun but a common noun because it occurs readily with determiners and, like most common nouns, but unlike pronouns, it inflects for number.
    – BillJ
    Oct 12 at 16:20

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