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Friday, February 14, 2020

Copyediting Tip: The Problem with Pronouns

The problem with pronouns is when you have two or more males (or two or more females) in a conversation and drop in "he." If Tom, Bill, and Brian are all talking, and you have several lines of tagless dialogue, can you, the reader, be certain if "he" is Tom or Bill or Brian?

Avoid any reader confusion in instances like this by changing any dubious "he" references to the person's name instead.

It's all about clarity, folks.

Keep on writing.

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
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