Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grass


Seen in City Square Mall, which professes to be the first ‘eco-mall’ in Singapore. 

The subject pronoun of the second sentence, They, is wrong.  Since the antecedent is the uncountable noun grass in the preceding sentence, we need a singular pronoun.  Make it It helps to curb soil erosion.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool place you've got here. Thank you for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Julia Swenson

The Grammar Terrorist said...

Thank you, Julia!

Anonymous said...

Have u considered that the use of 'they' could be a personification of grass by the advertisers i'n order to discourage trampling?

The Grammar Terrorist said...

That's an interesting thought, but I still think there's a mismatch between the singular "grass" and plural "they".