Sunday, April 17, 2011

The "Imperial We"

The “Imperial We”

People always note, when they hear the Queen of England speak, that she uses ‘we’ instead of ‘I.’ The reason is that she speaks for the nation.

When you write emails or letters, try to use ‘we’ instead of ‘I.’ This encourages the reader to think of you as part of a team. Think of it as the ‘Corporate We.’

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

My or mine?

One of our readers wrote in to ask when to use "my" and when to use "mine." The word "my" is used before a noun, as in "That is my desk." Once the noun, in this case, "desk" has been established, the word "mine" can take its place. "That is mine."

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