Monday, July 9, 2007

Grammar: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Part 12: Unnecessary Shift in Person)

Shifting pronouns can confuse your reader. Stick to a single pronoun when writing a memo or e-mail. There is no need to shift from "I" to "we" or from "one" to "you" in the same paragraph, memo, or e-mail.

For example, you might write, "One would think that the new building was an architectural wonder. You must agree that it's beautiful." That is actually confusing. It is better to write, "You would think that the new building was an architectural wonder. You must agree that it's beautiful." Consistency is beautiful.

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