The Grammar Cop has a fine batch o’ bloopers for you lovely FF fans today. Take a look!
- “And just like we’ve all met the lady who’s hair hasn’t changed since ‘85, we’ve also met the grandma rocking a platinum bob who looks better than anyone 40 years younger.”
- “This is a good short haircut for those with thick hair that want a low-maintenance cut.”
- “…Côte des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grâce adopted it’s 2018 budget and three-year capital works program, while…”
And the corrections:
- Apparently the grammar skills of this writer haven’t improved since ’85 – when he or she was about six years old. It’s not “who’s” – it should be whose, the possessive form. So the sentence should say: the lady whose hair hasn’t changed…
- Let’s reiterate what we spoke about some time ago. When you’re speaking about people, the pronoun referring to them should not be “that” – it should be who. So the sentence should read: This is a good short haircut for those with thick hair who want a low-maintenance cut. (Ten points for the correct hyphen in low-maintenance!)
- Did you spot it! Oh, I hope so! The “it’s” in this sentence is wrong! When you want to make the possessive form of it, you must use its with no apostrophe. (By inserting an apostrophe, you are making a contraction of it is.) So the sentence should say: adopted its 2018 budget and… By the way, ten points for the hyphen in three-year. But minus ten points for the omission of the hyphen between capital and works. (The Grammar Cop giveth, and the Grammar Cop taketh away. 😀 ) Both phrases modify the noun, program. Both need hyphens, but only one was inserted. I rest my case.
Alrighty, grammar geeks! Next week yours truly will change it up a little by offering you some ultra-long sentences taken from an actual (lousy) publication for you to try your luck at editing into something a tad more comprehensible; they are even worse than the sentence you’re reading right now, because at least I have heard of certain helpful punctuation marks. 🙂