Oh, just this and that …

Ah, those demonstrative adjectives. They’re just trouble makers!

This is a little pet peeve of mine. Oops, did you catch it? I used the word ‘this’ to point to something, but I didn’t tell you what exactly I happened to be pointing to. Well, maybe I want to be mysterious; you know, lure you in a little before revealing what this pet peeve of mine actually is. Um … not really.

Here’s the answer: I like to see demonstrative adjectives followed by nouns. So, my sentence might have begun, “This common occurrence is a ….” Not doing so isn’t technically wrong, but it can make the reader confused about what, exactly, you’re referring to. I know I’m being picky, but I’ve read so many essays, articles, etc that let a demonstrative adjective stand all by its lonesome. But, before we can talk about why I’m peeved, let’s talk about what a demonstrative adjective actually is. Continue reading → Oh, just this and that …