ambiguous pronouns

by | Jul 18, 2010 | Grammar

The draft version of the first sentence of my first blog post ((faulty) parallelism) read thus:

As part of rebuilding this blog (I started this way back in 2008, with nothing being posted till now), I was skimming through various WordPress pages.

When I read the entry later, I realised that the pronoun this was ambiguous. What was I referring to  by the pronoun “this”? The blog or the rebuilding process? Certainly the rebuilding process did not take so long.  It was my blog I was referring to. I changed it to the present version:

As part of rebuilding this blog (I started this blog way back in 2008, with nothing being posted till now), I was skimming through various WordPress pages.

Sometimes it pays to read again.

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