Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Taken its toll

FOUND ONLINE: Years of struggling with substance abuse have clearly taken its toll on the singer-actress.

I wonder if their should have been used instead of its. I know the writer is taking "Years of struggling with substance abuse" as a sort of noun, but you can say that "Years have taken their toll on the singer-actress."

FROM A SPORTS ARTICLE: This year they’ve hit on something very unique: Draft picks will be announced from outer space.

No, no, no, no, no. If something's unique, it's unheard of, spellbinding, beyond rare. It doesn't need any help from very.

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  1. If you understand the phrase "Years..abuse" as a noun/subject then, yes, its would be correct but it would need has not have. Surely needs to be either have/their or has/its