One grammar and punctuation rule that is violated left and right is the use of a colon after an incomplete statement. The rule states that a colon must be preceded by a complete sentence, like this:
We discussed the following topics:
However, in every place I teach, I find people routinely using colons like this:
This week, I'm looking for your opinion. Should we continue to hold out for that complete sentence? Or is this a rule we should drop from the books? Post your comments below.
Answers to the challenge on possessives with identifiers are brought to you by Katrina Del Vecchio. I have also included alternative answers by other respondents, as noted below. Thanks everyone! The variety of rewrites is fun to see!
- Margie, my sister in Baltimore's house has a sump pump.
- My sister Margie's house, which is in Baltimore, has a sump pump.
- My sister Margie's house in Baltimore has a sump pump. [Geri Moran]
- My sister, Margie, lives in Baltimore. Her house has a sump pump. [Marilyn Flax]
- My sister, Margie, has a sump pump at her house in Baltimore. [Matthew Hundley]>
- The tree with the hanging swing's strong limb is beginning to bend.
- The hanging swing is beginning to bend the tree's strong limb.
- The strong limb on the tree with the hanging swing is beginning to bend. [Christine Pass]
- The day on which her son is to graduates's date is May 30.
- Her son's graduation date is May 30
- Her son will graduate on May 30. [Elisia Getts]
- The cabin with the gravel driveway's fishpond overflowed last week.
- Last week, the fishpond overflowed at the cabin with the gravel driveway.
- The fishpond at the cabin with the gravel driveway overflowed last week. [Kay Honaker]
- The golf cart with the broken wheel's driver was not injured in the crash.
- The crash did not injure the broken-wheeled golf cart's driver.
- The driver of the golf cart with the broken wheel was not injured in the crash. [Karen L. Jones]