Excellent post! I must share.
Do you have a draft of your novel or short story and are thinking of submitting to an agent, publisher or writing contest? My series called Before You Submit might help. This series contains hints and tips I’ve received from professionals in the publishing industry. Each week I’ll share a new tip.
This week I’m going to highlight advice I received last week when I posted my blog. One reader kindly pointed out my mistake, and to me it re-enforces how important it is to have someone else edit my work before submitting the words. Of course, I don’t have an editor for the blog, so I’m on my own.
The rule I broke: Plural and singular must match in a sentence.
The sentence containing my error was:
As usual, this advice is coming from an editor who knows what theyare talking about.
If it’s not clear whether the editor is…
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Wow, thank you for the reblog. That just made me smile.
Thanks Robin. Looks like a good blog.
Actually the use of he/she is really frowned upon. If you are going to use that construction, it should be “he or she.” However, there are better alternatives. The first is to rewrite the sentence to avoid the issue altogether. Or, “they” is now approved to be used as a singular in some cases. For example, Everyone is bringing their own lunch. I don’t like it and I won’t use it, but it is okay.
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Thanks, Arlene! It is always good to hear your input.