Grammar – see

2014-12-22 17:30:29

Having lived in Gramercy Park, in New York City for a time, I thought it might be sweet to name this topic like so. Or maybe not…. Elvira Medina,

“All is” vs. “all are”

Q: I was momentarily confused by this. Is it: “All is returned to normalcy” to “All are returned to normalcy.”

A: “All” is a two-faced word. It can be either singular (“is”) or plural (“are”). If a writer means “all of it,” he should use “is.” If he means “all of them,” he should go with “are.” So it depends. When in doubt, change the sentence structure!

“Its” vs. “It’s”

It’s cold in here.
The cat has its own ways.

Q: When do you use one or the other?

A: This is what I call a Level 1 error.
Rule 1: When you mean it is or it has, use an apostrophe.
Rule 2: When “it” is referring to something, like a noun, then you use “its”. In the above example, the word it refers to is “ways”.

I wonder if one day, as it was in the 18th century and before, where there were men of letters or notaries, we will revert to paying these men to write letters as well as legal documents. People are using keyboards almost exclusively now. Soon, calligraphy will have to be a course requirement in liberal arts colleges.