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"Everyone recieved their prize." INCORRECT
What's wrong with this sentence? (What's right with it?)
For a start received - remember the old chant, I
before E, except after C ?
This is an easy way to remember how to spell this little demon.
Secondly - everyone is, by definition, a singular pronoun -
everyONE - so it stands to reason that any other pronoun associated with it
must also be singular. Their is a plural pronoun.
The sentence needs to be changed to a) All the entrants received their
prizes. OR b) Everyone received his or her prize. CORRECT
Note that we're talking about more than one person receiving something,
so it's going to save a great deal of squabbling if they get a prize each -
The reason this is such a common error, is that we're all a bit lazy and
it's just too much of an effort to write his or her every time we use
a singular pronoun. Always try to reword the sentence to make the subject
plural and you'll avoid this problem (as in example a).
"My uncle has a car in his garage that is fitted with safety belts."
You should always place a phrase or clause near its noun (or
noun-equivalent) of reference. As it stands now, this sentence infers that
the garage was fitted with safety belts!
"In the garage, my uncle has a car that is fitted with safety belts."
"Her sister was that lazy that she was fired." INCORRECT
When using adverbial clauses of result, you must preserve the combination
"So .... THAT ..." Never use "That .... THAT..."
"Her sister was so lazy that she was fired." CORRECT
"My happiest moment was when my parents gave me a horse." INCORRECT
Don't use "WAS WHEN..." because "when" should be a relative adverb
commencing an adjectival clause. It therefore requires a noun (such as
"time") as its antecedent.
"My happiest moment was the time when my parents gave me a horse."
"My brothers got the two first tickets to the concert." INCORRECT
There can only be ONE first ticket; the next ticket is the second
ticket; but together they are the first two (not the two first) tickets.
"My brothers got the first two tickets to the concert." CORRECT
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