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Note 332 – The posessive pronoun “theirs” has no apostrophe

If you see the word theirs with an apostrophe before the ‘s’, it is incorrect.  Theirs is a third person posessive pronoun used in place of their + noun, for example, if you say “the house is theirs” you could split theirs into their + noun which makes it “the house is their house“. Putting an apostrophe  … Continue reading

Note 165 – ‘between you and me’ v ‘between you and I’

It’s a common mistake to write ‘between you and I’; however the correct way of writing this is ‘between you and me’.  If we break the phrase down, the word ‘between’ is a preposition and the words ‘you’ and ‘I’ are personal pronouns.  When personal pronouns follow prepositions, they should be in the object form and not the subject … Continue reading

Note 142 – Indefinite pronouns

Realising that I was unable to define indefinite pronouns without looking it up,  I decided to cover this subject in today’s blog.  Pronouns are “a class of words that ‘stand in’ for other words” according to John Seely’s book the Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, whereas he defines indefinite pronouns as those which are less precise.  Looking up the word … Continue reading

Note 15 – Reflexive pronouns like ‘myself’

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 15, then please read on… Good evening.  It’s the end of the weekend for me and as usual I haven’t got all my chores done and the house … Continue reading

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