Your vs. One’s

Received notification from one of the online content sellers for whom I write. They scolded me for using the term “one’s” rather than “your”, explaining that “one’s” is standoffish, prudish, unfriendly. Wow! I honestly never thought that deeply about the difference between the two pronouns.

In trying to lessen the repetition of words, I often interchange pronouns.

In this case, I resubmitted the material after re-writing and removing any need for a pronoun wherever “one’s” was used.

So, remember, if you use “one’s”, change it! Unless, of course, it is used in a formal style of writing.

“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.” ― Kurt Vonnegut



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