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Chapter 7. Multiple-Vehicle Wrecks: Pron... > A Match Made in Writer's Heaven - Pg. 73

Multiple-Vehicle Wrecks: Pronoun Reference 4. 5. 73 Employees say that a committee is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. The author says that applying computer technology is simply finding the right wrench to pound in the correct screw. (Better yet, give the author's name.) It Mania It has become a fast-food word, more commonplace than burgers, fries, and a shake. Advice for life: Don't eat too much junk food, wear your galoshes when it rains, and don't overuse it. The word it has three uses: · As a personal pronoun.Chris wants to see how long he can stay in the clothes dryer, but it is broken. · As an expletive. It is fun to eat raw cookie dough and feel sorry for yourself when you're home alone on Saturday night. · As an idiomatic expression for weather, time, or distance.It is cloudy today. It is noon. It is quite a distance to the home. The unclear "it" problem arises when these uses are combined in one sentence, like this one: Confusing: Because our electric knife was overheating, it came as no surprise that it broke just as it was time to carve the bird. Clear: It came as no surprise that the electric knife broke just as it was time to carve the bird. Confusing: It will be a successful project if the computer doesn't overload its memory. Danger, Will Robinson Avoid using an unnecessary pronoun to repeat the subject. Here's a no-no: "The shorter woman, who nodded at me, she knew me." The sentence should be written: "The shorter woman, who nodded at me, knew me." Clear: The project will succeed if the computer doesn't overload its memory. Confusing: It is clear that it is not fulfilling its duties. Clear: Clearly, the board of directors is not fulfilling its duties. Who's on First? Another confusing issue concerns the pronouns who, which, and that. Here, the rule is a snap: 1. Who refers to people or animals (only animals with names or special talents, like Socks the First Cat or Rex the Wonder Pooch). Here's an example or three: · The student, who was a dope, said, "Professor Zigler, I don't believe I deserve this F you've given me." · The professor, who was a sensible man, said, "I agree, but unfortunately it is the lowest grade the university will allow me to give." · Lassie, who was known for his intelligence and courage, was actually played by a series of collies.