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March 11, 2008



Great post, Lynn. As with most things, I just write "around" the problem.

"He prepared for a nap" or "He was ready to take a nap" and "Did you tell anyone?" work pretty well in my book.

I hate to be grammar police, but I'd rather the written word be correct (especially if my name is on the document in any place).


Lori, writing "around" the problem is an excellent solution. I recommend that approach to people who are not sure of their punctuation: write it a different way. If people can't remember "two weeks' vacation," they can write "two weeks of vacation" or "a two-week vacation."

Thanks for sharing.


Margaret Elwood

I would never intentionally write or say anything using incorrect grammar. My parents corrected me too many times as a child, and the right way just feels right even when I can't explain the rule that makes it right. However, there is almost always a way to write and speak that avoids sounding stuffy. I strive for that tone.


Hi, Margaret. I appreciate your sound thinking. With your comment and Lori's, I am beginning to wonder whether I need to avoid the incorrect uses I noted above. I'm thinking that it depends on the audience, as usual.


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