Letters to the Editor

Erosion of our language

Joan Lucas Jordan (letter April 14) can scream at the TV when she hears the improper use of personal pronouns by broadcast professionals. Her own mistake is using a plural verb with “neither.”

“Neither is” follows the grammar rule.

Joan will be quite hoarse if she responds to many broadcasters’ blatant errors. Some professionals lack basics and their errors erode our language. The same is true of professionally written content. It’s likely that the classroom is not always the place to learn proper grammar, as Ms. Jordan states, but its content trumps the errors. Why do few people understand the personal pronoun system or the subject and verb agreement system?

By the way, I’ll keep this letter to fewer than 200 words, not less than.

Janet Gerszewski

Fresno

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