Can you correct the error in the sentence below? Scroll to the bottom of today’s post for the answer.
Myself and Carole agreed to do the decorating for this year’s holiday season.
Here’s a weak sentence I came across recently. See if you can figure out what I don’t like about it:
This cold-hardy, pest-proof, drought-tolerant shrub thrives in sun or light shade and is long lived.
The answer is that the sentence sputters. Your writing should always feel as if it’s going somewhere. And there’s a second problem: too much information has been crammed into one sentence.
Here’s my version:
This long-lived shrub is cold hardy, pest proof, and drought-tolerant. Even better, it thrives in sun or light shade.
Instant Quiz ANSWER
Avoid myself unless you want to emphasize that you did something on your own: “I knitted this sweater myself.” Better choices are I and me.
Carole and I agreed to do the decorating for this year’s holiday season. CORRECT
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