Molly’s Magic Decoder Ring: Pronouns and Punctuation
After a while, it gets a little embarrassing to be unsure of pronouns and punctuation. I hope these pointers can help.
- Easily confused pronoun forms:
He She It —- pronoun
His Hers Its —- possessive pronoun
He’s she’s it’s — contraction
It was not its turn yesterday, but it’s now!
- Easily confused punctuation:
. , ; : (not emoticons)
I love the rain this morning. The garden won’t need to be watered.
(two complete sentences)
I love the rain this morning, and the garden won’t need to be watered.
(two complete sentences with a conjunction)
I love the rain this morning; the garden won’t need to be watered.
( two complete sentences that are closely related in meaning)
If it hadn’t rained this morning, I would have had to water everything: the front garden, the herb garden, the patio potted plants, the window boxes, and the terraced garden.
( a sentence with a list)