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Lets Correct Grammar Mistake that We often make – August-2014

Joined at the Hip — two sentences connected with a comma

  • One critical rule where we often fail to recognize the ploy, because of defective punctuation.
  • For example: Solapur is a small city with a large population, this results in a great deal of traffic congestion.
  • This is really two sentences joined at the hip that need to be separated, using a semicolon or employing different phrasing.
  • Here are two common ways to correct the problem:
    1. Use a semicolon: Solapur is a small city with a large population; this results in a great deal of traffic congestion.
    2. Subordinate one part of the sentence to the other: San Francisco is a small city with a large population, resulting in a great deal of traffic congestion.

Me Me Me — Subject pronouns never follow prepositions

  • A fundamental rule that gets violated but which must be carefully adhered to while drafting is that subject pronouns (I, We) NEVER follow prepositions. Instead, use me or us.
  • How often have you heard people say: for you and I, between you and I, with you and I, about you and I, etc.? On the street you may get away with this mistake, but not in your reports.
  • The correct expression is: for you and Me, between you and Me, with you and Me, about you and Me, and so on. Or, along the same lines, between you and us, for you and us, and so on.
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