Grammar Quickie and Summer Break


Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?

Here's a grammar quickie courtesy of The Associated Press Stylebook.

Who's, whose

Who's is a contraction for who is. It is not a possessive. Whose is the possessive. 


Who's there?
I do not know whose coat it is.

Off for the summer

This is my last Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 for a few months. I’m taking June through August off this year.

Both of my sons are headed off to university—one to undergrad in Texas and the other to graduate school in Scotland—and I'd like to spend as much time with them as I can before becoming an official empty nester. Besides, there’s a lot to do to help get them ready for these next stages in their lives. I want to ensure I don’t miss a thing. 

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 will return in in the fall. 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer. 

Karen xx

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These books are on my desk at all times. Maybe they'll help you as well.

The Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition


A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of the Bibliophiles series, contemporary fiction with a sprinkling of the classics, and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on Karen, please visit


angel011 said…
I hope you have a wonderful summer with your family, too!
Mel Parish said…
Have a great summer, Karen. Hope you enjoy your time with your sons.
Thanks, Mel. Hope you have some adventures this summer. I look forward to reading about them in your blog.

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