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Chapter 7. Multiple-Vehicle Wrecks: Pron... > A Match Made in Writer's Heaven - Pg. 72

Multiple-Vehicle Wrecks: Pronoun Reference 72 Clear: Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. This phenomenon is interesting. Confusing: If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving a baby's life, she will choose to save that without even considering if there are men on base. (What will she choose to save?) Clear: If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving a baby's life, she will choose to save the baby's life without even considering if there are men on base. Confusing: According to some sources, a rain of comets lasting hundreds of centuries hits the earth every few million years or so. Maybe that is how the dinosaurs perished in a mass extinction 65 million years ago. Clear: According to some sources, a rain of comets lasting hundreds of centuries hits the earth every few million years or so. Maybe such a rain of comets killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Strictly Speaking Avoid using a pronoun to refer to the title of a document in the document's first sentence. For example, if the title is "Big Bank's Role in Mutual Funds," the first sentence cannot be "It is important and we must stress it." What's the it? Confusing: I told my friends that I was going to be a circus rouster which annoyed my boss. Clear: My boss was annoyed because I told my friends that I was going to be a circus rouster.