Grammar Lesson Monday: Detached Body Parts

Welcome to Grammar Lesson Monday!
This continuous series will address many common grammar mistakes made in the media and that I've seen more than once.  I strive to make the world a better place with good grammar.

Today, we will learn about detached body parts.

This lesson is mainly for people who are writing.  It applies to novelists as well as students.

I get it.  We're trying to write descriptively, but sometimes it doesn't make literal sense, as in the case of detached body parts.

She blushed.  Her fingers reached out and took the birthday card.

See how "her fingers" are now detached from her body?  They are independently taking a birthday card on their own.

This is common with arms, hands, legs, and especially eyes.

I know this rule isn't super grammarific.  And few people are bothered by it more than most.  But, it's something to watch for, especially if it happens a lot.

That's it for today.  Celebrate good grammar!

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