Some of you out there may be able to figure this out. I know I can’t. There’s some Yahoo! Shine words, I think. And then there’s something one huge sock that fills an entire box:
At least I’ve figured out why you shouldn’t use the abbreviations i.e. or e.g.: You have a 50-50 chance of using the wrong one, just like this writer did:
The abbreviation i.e. is short for the Latin id est, which means that is. What the writer should have used is something like “for example.” (The abbreviation for the Latin is e.g., which I also don’t recommend using.)
Frankly, I don’t know what Yahoo!’s standard is for capitalizing Internet, and neither do Yahoo!’s writers: It appears as both a common and a proper noun throughout Yahoo!’s sites. I’m just saying. But that’s not the only confusion in this paragraph:
There’s an extra word (I think) and the misuse of the contraction it’s (which should by they’re because the pronoun refers to the plural items).
OK, some authorities look the other way if a writer uses their as a singular possessive pronoun when the gender of the antecedent (the person the pronoun refers to) is unknown. But, heck, presumably a husband or boyfriend is male; the correct pronoun in this case is his:
There’s some guesswork involved in trying to figure out what the heck the writer means here:
I’m thinking that there are too many words there, and at least one incorrect word. The pronoun I is wrong; it should be me because it is the direct object of the verb tell. But don’t try telling the writer that. I think it’s a tad advanced for her.