Friday, September 17, 2010

Grammar quiz.

I have a little Friday brain activity for you.

Which of these sentences is incorrect?

Everybody in the room was quiet, but they all wanted to say something.

Everybody in the room was quiet, but each person wanted to say something.
 If you guessed sentence one, you’re right!

A personal pet peeve of mine is the incorrect usage of indefinite pronouns that require a singular pronoun.

What’s wrong with the first sentence?

You can’t use “they” as a pronoun for “everybody” because “everybody” is considered a singular word. Think of it as “every single body.”

If you’re confused, sometimes it’s easiest to just rewrite your sentence and avoid the indefinite pronouns.

Happy Friday!

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