Category Archives: Writing & Editing Memes

Who is “she”?

Elizabeth told Amanda that she had a problem. Who had a problem?

(Photo taken from the Grammarly Facebook Page)

One of my past editing instructors loved giving us grammar lessons about pronoun usage and why placement matters, so this issue has been drilled into my brain! I saw this on Facebook today and thought it was a great example.

Technically, Amanda has the problem because pronouns refer to the closest preceding noun, no matter what type of noun it is. But, I would bet most people would answer the question in this meme as Elizabeth having the problem. I guess we’ll never know. This is why being clear and using proper grammar is so important!

Oh, and the best snarky answer from the Facebook comments? “The reader.” 🙂

P.S., Grammerly is one of my favorite go-to sites for all things grammar. See their updated website at https://www.grammarly.com/.

Proper Punctuation Matters

I’ve seen quite a few memes over the last year or so that highlight the importance of properly placed punctuation (say that three times fast 😉 ). Here are a couple of my favorites…

An English professor wrote the words:

(from the blog Bilinguish)                                                                                               (from Adult ESL Jobs)

P.S., Grammerly is one of my favorite go-to sites for all things grammar. See their updated website at https://www.grammarly.com/.

10 Words and Phrases that Too Many Folks Say Incorrectly

Yes! And, I would like to add a couple more…

repour → rapport
alterior motive → ulterior motive

Do you have any particular pet peeve words or phrases that everyone seems to use incorrectly? Add them in the comments or email me and I’ll post them here!

10 Words and Phrases that Too Many Folks Say Incorrectly

This meme was posted on the Grammarly Facebook Page