Grammar cops often express disdain for using “they” to refer to a singular (such as “each”), and that’s what we learned in school. But the practice isn’t new. People have been using “they” to avoid “his or her” since the 1300s.
Posts Categorized: Editing
When you edit your writing, avoid the urge to immediately start fixing grammatical mistakes and don’t begin rewriting sentences, even if they need it. There will come a time for that, but not yet. People often try to accomplish too much at once when they edit.
Many writers sit for hours in front of a blank screen, exasperated that they can’t get started. Without realizing it, they are trying to write the first few sentences in their head, and it is a waste of time. Good writing comes from revising, so draft first, then rewrite.
You occasionally still see two spaces after a period, because people tend to do what they were taught in school.
But it actually has been obsolete for more than 100 years.
Effective writing emerges when editors and writers work collaboratively, and one element of that relationship is communication.