Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • This is from one of the Web’s great grammarians, Grammar Girl, also known as Mignon Fogarty. A quick way to test whether you’ve used a colon correctly is to see whether you can substitute the word namely for the colon. It would be correct to write, “When I packed, I forgot two items: my toothbrush and my pajamas.” Also, a colon should follow a complete sentence or full thought, so it would be incorrect to write, “When I packed, I forgot: my toothbrush and my pajamas.”
  • A warranty is a legal assurance that an object can perform a specified task or meets certain quality standards. A warrantee is the person who benefits from a warranty.
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2 Responses to Grammar Friday

  1. Jessica G says:

    Thanks, Peter. Another great Grammar Friday lesson! One question about this sentence: “When I packed, I forgot two items: my toothbrush and my pajamas.” Is it necessary to include the “my” twice or could one get away with jus saying it in the first instance?

    • Peter Faur says:

      Hi, Jessica. You can get away with it, but I think the second “my” adds clarity. Otherwise it sounds as though the toothbrush and pajamas are a kind of combination unit, like “ball and chain.”

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