Saturday, June 09, 2007

Wikipedia Messes Up Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Here's a common pronoun-antecedent agreement errors on Wkipedia'si section on linquistics:

"...an individual will acquire whatever language(s) they are exposed to as a child, regardless of their parentage or ethnic origin.

Wikipedia must either change the antecedent to "people" or must change "they" to "he or she" and "their" to "his or her."

lee

4 Comments:

Blogger Matt said...

>Here's a common pronoun-antecedent agreement errors on Wkipedia'si section on linquistics:

Here are a common verb-subject agreement error and an alternate spelling for "linguistics".


>Wikipedia must either change the antecedent to "people" or must change "they" to "he or she" and "their" to "his or her."<

Here is a common error in parallel construction.

Possible fixes:

Wikipedia either must change the antecedent to "people" or must change "they" to "he or she" and "their" to "his or her."

Wikipedia must either change the antecedent to "people" or change "they" to "he or she" and "their" to "his or her."

5:18 AM  
Blogger twinkobie said...

I always had trouble with g's and q's. Good eye.

The period outside the quotation marks means either that this critic is British or that he doesn't know that he is in America now.

The comments on parallel construction are idiosyncratic delusional. This Grammargrinchette mayhap suffers from jet lag, having just arrived on these shores from Great Britain. The jet lag has messed up his parallel-structure synapses. lee

7:12 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

>The period outside the quotation marks means either that this critic is British or that he doesn't know that he is in America now.

Hey, you’re getting it!

The period outside the quotation marks means either [this] or [that].

[this] = that this critic is British
[that] = that he doesn’t know that he is in America now

Well done, Lee!

Now, let’s look at your original example.

Wikipedia must either change the antecedent to "people" or must change "they" to "he or she" and "their" to "his or her.”

Wikipedia must either [this] or [that].

[this] = change the antecedent to “people”
[that] = must change “they’ to “he or she” and “ their” to “his or her”

Now, would you write Wikipedia must must change “they” to “he or she” and "their" to "his or her”?

Now, you might think that your taunts about jetlag and synapses are witty, but many see them as a smokescreen that you use to avoid the subject. I’ve demonstrated that you are wrong. Why not demonstrate why you think you are right so that your readers might learn something from you?

12:30 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

That's the spirit, Lee! Leave some deluded comment about my trying to woo you with grammar and my "probably" hanging around your march on Washington in another blog. I ask you to demonstrate why you think you are right, and your keyboard is silent.

I've met teachers like you.

5:54 AM  

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