Confusing Pronouns In Writing
March 31, 2018
I have never write a long sentence like might not have done all that fancy-pants grammar when I was at school but I’ve got my common sense and I can know those sentences don’t make sense but the thing is if a person makes the sentence long enough they can get lost in what they’ve said and not realize they have not provided the finite verb and the reader will be going back and back and back with a book with compounded so keep your sentences short use your common sense and you will not have to regret the fact that you didn’t do all that parsing when you were 11 years old is that okay well now I am going to talk about another common problem with writing.
We’ve had short sentences we’ve had the lack of finite verbs and now the third common problem is confusing pronouns a pronoun is a word used instead of a noun we could say Judith drew the picture she used a texture we don’t have to say Judith used to be a texture so pronouns are often personal pronouns like I usually he we they but they can be a word like this for example john helped his nephew this really pleased his aunt so it’s the fact of john having helped his nephew that really pleased the art and this in the kind of essay that you’re writing is more likely to be used than i you he she they we etc so it is that kind of pronoun that presents potential problems for clear writing okay so let’s have a look at some examples the students wrote the essays they were influential well what was influential was it the students or the essays we do not know so if you’re in any doubt about whether people are going to know what your pronoun refers to repeat the noun the students were influential.
We might get a sentence like this this is proved controversial now it could be completely clear like the previous sentence might have been what about whatever it was what was controversial or the sentence that it refers back to might be miles back in the essay in which case the readers going to be confused you can say no the landlord raised the rent this ruined the tenant the landlord raised the rent and he threw a party and he went to the bahamas and he took up skiing and this ruined the tenant well what exactly in all those misdeeds was the fact that ruined lieutenant so you’d have to go back to say the raising of the rent the fact that the rent have gone up so just pronouns are very handy they can make her writing more succinct there are real help with the short sentences but if there’s any risk that their readers not going to know what noun or noun phrase they refer back to then they’re going to be in trouble.