Myself (and Other Reflexive Pronouns)

Myself (and Other Reflexive Pronouns)

Elsewhere on this site, we talk about using I and me correctly. This article addresses the appropriate use of myself and other reflexive pronouns. It’s not uncommon to hear someone use myself as a subject in a sentence, such as in “Anna and myself are going home.”...
Verbs First: Targeting the Crucial Action

Verbs First: Targeting the Crucial Action

We can improve our writing by focusing on any unit of style—from choosing the just-right word to sculpting clauses, sustaining longer sentences with grace, and arranging them in effective paragraphs.  Here we will focus on the humble sentence, with an emphasis on...
I or Me

I or Me

Elsewhere on this site, we address confusion with myself and other reflexive pronouns. This article focuses specifically on knowing when to use I or me. Consider these sentences, which we will address in the discussion below: Harry and I will take the annual report to...
Which Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

Which Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

Communication is difficult enough under the best of circumstances, so we need to do everything possible to ensure that our writing is as clear and unambiguous as possible. One extremely common mistake that hampers clarity and can result in ambiguity is failing to have...

Making Verbs Agree with Who, Which, and That

Several of our other posts open with a brief quiz that we preface with the question “Which of the following sentences are problematic?” On more than one occasion, subscribers have written to suggest that in our opening question, the plural verb are should be the...