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This post in the BE THE EDITOR series asked which three words need to come out of this sentence?
These three words are redundant. In other words, they add nothing. If removed, the meaning of the sentence is clear, and the sentence itself is tighter.
The APA publication manual gives many examples of redundancy. In these examples, the italicized words are redundant: small in size, summarize briefly, the reason is because, in close proximity, one and the same, very close to significance.
I'm sure you get the idea. Based on these examples, can you find three words to cut from the sentence in the picture?
Are you cringing yet? If not, this will be a good post for you to read, especially if you like grammar "capers"!
If you're not a writer or a typist, if you don't leave love notes or need the written language for work, then you may not know that one word in this sentence doesn't belong!
Truthfully, when you speak a sentence like this one, it sounds exactly like it's written here, which makes the confusion somewhat understandable. But for writers, we need to get the correct word. Which word doesn't belong?
I love this grammar riddle because it was late in life when I learned the difference between prophecy and prophesy. This difference exists for British and American English.
On July 25, I asked "fans" where their red pens guided them when they read this sentence. The first response to the Facebook post indicated that the difference between the two isn't commonly known.
The red pen should have guided them to the "s" in "prophesy." Why?
On July 22, I posted a modest sentence that started with "Us." It didn't fool any of the grammar buffs who follow the BE THE EDITOR series. They were quick to respond.
Before I delve into the sentence itself, let's take a quick look at the difference between subjects and objects again. I know I've done this before, but it's worth repeating again.
"We" is a subjective pronoun, which means it is the performer of the action.
"Us" is an objective pronoun, which means it is the receiver of the action.
That is easy to remember if you think of these two simple sentences:
This is an ellipses. It is used to indicate that words are missing.
This is an ellipses . . . used to indicate that words are missing.
Elliptical clauses are commonly used clauses that omit words, but an ellipsis isn't use to convey this omission. The clauses are so common that native English speakers know what is meant, in both speech and writing.
On July 10, I posted this grammar puzzle in my Be The Editor series on my Facebook page. FB fans suggested that commas should go around "as well as Tofino, and that is certainly an option.
I prefer commas around "as well as Tofino," too; however, they're not needed unless you like the pauses--which I do.
But let's take a look at conjunctions. The list of coordination conjunctions is the shortest.
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
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I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.