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Grammar Bite: Pronoun Antecedents

It’s important to “reset” your pronouns. Pronouns are really versatile, but they take on the closest previous noun. So if you write something like this, your sentence may be misinterpreted: Lucy walked over to our group and introduced herself. I looked at my friend Sally and raised a brow, then reached out to shake her ...

Grammar Bite: Collective Nouns

American English treats collective nouns (group, band, committee, family, etc.) as a singular noun for purposes of subject-verb agreement, assuming everyone in the group is doing the same thing. So you’d say something like this: The family is going to the park. if localizing for American English. On the other hand, you’d say The family ...