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He, She and They

I sometimes get myself into grammar traps when I write. Here is a hypothetical example: "If someone goes to the supermarket in Alameda County, they will need a reusable plastic bag." The grammar is wrong because someone is singular and they is plural. The agreement is off. It would be [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|15 Comments

A grammar point

It's Saturday morning. I was up late last night covering the A's opener. I'm drinking my coffee and I'm reading a story on espn.com about Gregg Williams and that infamous tape shot by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon. Don't worry, this is not another comment on Williams. It's about grammar and how [...]

By | April 7th, 2012|29 Comments

Why I don’t like the semicolon

KauaiRobert, Stan and Neal -- my faithful readers. This is not a sports blog, so please be warned. It is about the semicolon. It really is. Turn back now if you are not interested. This topic has been on my mind the last two days -- why I don't like [...]

By | May 7th, 2011|0 Comments