- Producer28/12/2016Wednesday Words: Who and WhomFrom what I've seen over the 20+ years I've been helping business professionals (re)learn the finer points of American grammar, very few folks know how to use who and whom.Seriously. You probably do not. So I thought I'd see if a post on just these...
Comments29/12/2016 #11 John RylanceFor interest, sad person that I am, I looked up who and whom in my dictionary. (Note to self get a life John)
To get to the point it succinctly laid out what Susan explained, finishing with this statement.
In modern English there are many speakers who rarely use whom at all, employing who in all contexts; today this use is broadly accepted in standard English.
The thin end of the wedge? It will be should have/of, along with would and could have/of next. Where will it end?29/12/2016 #6 Phil FriedmanGreat piece, as usual, Susan. Grammar made palatable by filtering out presumption and self-satisfaction. One point, though, if I may. On #5, if one properly rewrites the sentence to "To who/whom were you talking?", not only will one's prose sound better (although perhaps slightly less colloquial) but the who/whom answer will become obvious. Cheers and best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.28/12/2016 #5 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSWonderful post, Susan. I thought I knew a thing or two about who/whom, but you've taught us such better ways! Thank you very much.
One side note, for hack #1, it seems that people often do the opposite - using whom when unsure. So that alone is sure to help many!
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- Producer06/09/2016I am not the grammar police. But...Grammar matters. A lot. “I will revert back to you Monday.”Those words shouldn’t have caused me any anxiety. But at least one of them did. I think it goes back to my school days. You see, I’m a terrible speller. Always have been. In elementary...
Comments06/09/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianSomebody once said that it was important to know the rules so that you know which to break and when.
Too many people misuse words as intelli-speak (they think it sounds smarter, when it really doesn't) "Revert back" is one such. "Utilize" is another.
Both make professional wordsmiths' skin crawl.
If he reverts to you that means he becomes you again. Has he ever been you? How, then, can he become you again? Is there substantial surgery involved? Perhaps a time machine?
- 15/08/2016@Susan Rooks, I was out wandering the other day and I started wondering what is correct. "Get off of the boat," sounds ok, until you put it to a test. "get on the boat/get off the boat." "I am American," or, "I am an American."
- Producer11/07/2016What Good is Good Grammar Anyway?This post came about thanks to an article that Maggi Kirkbride found, read, and shared -- and tagged me with. You can read it here. Thanks, Maggi! The article is concerned about correcting another's grammar, which doesn't seem to allow the writer's...
Comments18/10/2016 #17 Deena (Laidlaw) ParsolanoI just saw this on LinkedIn. The one thing that i feel you missed is autocorrect. The rise of autocorrect has caused many, otherwise intelligent, people to seem unintelligible. I turned mine off, yet sometimes the app autocorrects when you hit enter. It is frustrating to see a well thought out point become a series of gibberish because a word isnt recognized. I haven't figured out how that translates into changing other words in the post. *Sigh* Somehow, if autocorrect thinks you have one word wrong, it thinks it should find other possible words to change. I have checked a post, multiple times, and was appalled when my post suddenly said 'My son served in an Afghan blanket'
I am making it my life's work to figure out how and why Afghanistan would be changed to Afghan blanket. I am also curious why it doesn't fix an obviously misspelled word, for example, changef doesn't correct to changed.
Ah, the mysteries of life...*chuckle*