Using proper grammar when writing

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  1. Elsie Hagley profile image78
    Elsie Hagleyposted 5 years ago

    I asked a questionWhich is correct. "women that made history" or "women who made history" rebekahELLE  answered " If you are exclusively using the APA style, you would use 'who' when referring to people".

    I'm a bit slow or behind in my English and would like to know what APA means.
    Anyone can answer this as I will be asking more questions about using proper grammar when writing.

    I hope anyone needing help with grammar will use this thread so we can all learn to write correct grammar.

    1. Solaras profile image95
      Solarasposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      from their website: The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision. APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world.

      1. relache profile image80
        relacheposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I would not use that reference for material I'm writing here as it is geared very strongly to the publication of science journals and books, and unless that sort of tone was suited to my readers.

        Two you may wish to consider

        The AP Stylebook -

        MLA guide -

        1. Elsie Hagley profile image78
          Elsie Hagleyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Relache: I will look into this. I appreciate your help.

          @Solaras: Thanks for answering the question, "what APA style"

    2. MariaMontgomery profile image90
      MariaMontgomeryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      APA style is use for college & grad school papers, medical journals, etc. , & doesn't apply here.  Re: your 1st question, people are "who". Things are "that", so a person should ALWAYS be referred to as "who" or "whom".

  2. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    I added that in my response because I wasn't sure what style of writing you use.  APA is not a style I have seen in many hubs, but I have seen some hubs written in this style, mostly from academics.

    'Women that made history' is acceptable as it refers to a specific group of people.  Either 'that' or 'who' is acceptable.

    1. Elsie Hagley profile image78
      Elsie Hagleyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you very much for your time in answering my question.
      I now have the knowledge and links I need to improve my writing.

      I live in NZ that's most likely why I never heard of APA Style, something I have not bother about until now, I want to learn the right way. It's like going back to school 60 years

  3. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    You will find hubs here written with this style.  I know some of phdast7's history related hubs are written with this style and a few others.  I can't recall their names.  Misslong123 has an excellent grammar hub that is useful to keep bookmarked.  I think she also has a hub on APA style. 
    New Zealand!  Hobbit country!  My favorite movies.  Have fun writing. smile

  4. paperfacets profile image89
    paperfacetsposted 5 years ago

    My style absolutely follows no book of rules, but I most definitely want to apply corrections where mistakes are glaring. I will visit the Hubs suggested and I appreciate Elsie's discussion.

    When I first started writing in 2007 I did get corrective references to my sentence structure. During a help session, an English teacher of whom I asked for help, hinted that she did not know what I met while going through one webpage. I know I need all the writing hints I can get.

  5. johndwilliams profile image85
    johndwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    Both work - the rest is just conformity camp and the merits those camps bring

  6. Stacie L profile image92
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    The one thing to keep in mind, is to write to your audience.
    Some hub material is informal and language would be best to stay informal,(albeit proper grammar is advised) just as the APA style is for mostly academics in a formal style.
    I try to use the style most in tune when writing about different subjects.


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