MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
A GENDER-SENSITIVE CASE
The pronouns ending with “-body” or “-one” such as “anybody”, “somebody”, “no one” or “anyone” are singular; so are pronouns like “each” and “every”.
The possessive pronoun “his” is used to refer to a singular indefinite pronoun unless the group referred to is known to be all female.
“Is everyone happy with their gift?” (INCORRECT)
“Is everyone happy with his gift?” (CORRECT)
SIMPLE GRAMMAR ERRORS
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“Clark said there are more than 630 children in care and that one in 10 children from the local area benefit from the CAS programs and shelter.”
Mike Clark, Public Relations Manager for CAS, in a story, “City waives CAS fees”, by Doug Schmidt, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
“Why should they answer any questions right now? Because it’s our road, and our money.”
Chris Vander Doelen, “Tell me, Premier Wynne”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
The word for today is “amelioration.”
What part of speech is “amelioration”?
What other parts of speech can be made from “amelioration”?
Define “amelioration” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.