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Pronouns - Pronoun reference rules dispel all these miffs and myths about
Pronoun reference rules dispel all these miffs and myths about pronouns.
MYTH 1: If
the reader or listener knows what you're referring to, then there's no
MYTH 2: They
could be anybody.
MYTH 3: A
pronoun refers to the closest or closer antecedent.
MYTH 4: It's
is a possessive pronoun.
MYTH 5: Possessive
pronouns, like possessive nouns, should be spelled with an apostrophe.
MYTH 6: A
pronoun may substitute for a complete sentence or idea.
two words! I repeat: ALOT is two words. Despite
the overwhelming popularity of spelling this article-noun combination as
one word, alot is still not recognized in dictionaries, in
handbooks, or on computer spell checkers as one word. And despite the
appearance of this non-word everywhere _ on business marquees, in
newspapers, in business letters, in memorandums, and in high school and
college students' papers _ alot is not a correct spelling. What Is
What Is"Good English"?
"Good English" is most likely to be familiar to the greatest number of people; it is the English used in textbooks, published documents, reputable magazines and newspapers, and academic and business writing. "Good English" is not only the yardstick by which the distance between what is said and what is meant is measured; it is also the template the communicator may use to improve the accuracy and the credibility of his renderings. Though there is no governing board of linguists or grammarians, or even a blueprint for writing or speaking, careful writers and speakers try to conform to the dicta of authorities: standard usage handouts with prescriptive rules of grammar, standard dictionaries with usage notes based on common practice and universal acceptance, and general conservative usage used by most educated people.
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