Archive for the '<pronouns>' Category

Tom and a Pronoun Person Shift

June 5, 2006

Tom Cruise will be reenacting a scene from Mission Impossible:III for the film's Japanese premiere. He will amaze fans as he is chased in a speedboat by a helicopter, and he will commandeer a train and meet with you on board during the trip from Osaka to Tokyo.

The second sentence contains a pronoun error. The sentence describes the interaction between Tom and his fans. The first clause establishes the relationship between the subject (Tom) and the object (fans), but the second clause uses the second person pronoun (you) to refer to with whom Tom will meet. Avoid this shift in pronoun person by changing "you" to "them."

Tom Cruise will be reenacting a scene from Mission Impossible:III for the film's Japanese premiere. He will amaze fans as he is chased in a speedboat by a helicopter, and he will commandeer a train and meet with them on board during the trip from Osaka to Tokyo.

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