Bloggers Unite! If you’re going to write for the public domain, please attempt to use proper grammar (unless your style is to ignore grammar rules intentionally). I’m known to break a few rules myself (not always on purpose), but there’s one obvious rule that seems to be obliterated by even the most poetic of published writers. It’s become my latest peeve:
A) An organization (workplace, restaurant, school, etc.) is an “it” not a “they,” and
B) People are “who” not “that.”
Some examples as reference…
WRONG: “The nonprofit organization announced they will offer a new literacy program.”
RIGHT: “The nonprofit organization announced it will offer a new literacy program.”
Since most organization have several (maybe thousands) of people, it’s easy to make this mistake. But companies are always its, not theys.
When it comes to people (friends, family, co-workers, and others) always use who, not that.
WRONG: “My friends that showed up at the party were all drunk.”
RIGHT: “My friends who showed up…”
If everyone who reads this will take notice of these common maladies when writing, the world will be a better place – at least for handful of people reading this blog and those whom I love to read in return!