Friday, October 4, 2013

present writer/I: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, October 4, 2013

present writer/I
Formal writers used to avoid writing “I” when referring to themselves by using instead the phrase “the present writer.” This practice is generally discouraged by modern editors, and is considered awkward and old-fashioned. Simple “I” works fine and calls less attention to itself so long as it’s not repeated too often.

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