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  1. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Wednesday Words: Who and Whom
    Wednesday 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...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    31/12/2016 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #15 He has a great sense of humor and a good poet, as well. I haven't read his post about the camels but will get to it today.
    Susan Rooks
    31/12/2016 #15 Susan Rooks
    #9 Oh my yes, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman! He is -- and did you see his post on camels? I laughed all the way through, @Ken Boddie just tickles my funny bone.
    Susan Rooks
    30/12/2016 #14 Susan Rooks
    #8 @Ken Boddie, I always look forward to seeing what you'll write . . . love this one, and thanks for sending me the laugh!
    Susan Rooks
    30/12/2016 #13 Susan Rooks
    #11 I am NEVER going to agree with could of or should of, @John Rylance! NEVAH! Have a wonderful New Year's, and thanks for always commenting on my posts. I really appreciate it.
    Susan Rooks
    30/12/2016 #12 Susan Rooks
    #5 Many thanks, Jared, for the share and the kind words. Always happy to help!
    John Rylance
    29/12/2016 #11 John Rylance
    For 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?
    Jim Saelzler
    29/12/2016 #10 Jim Saelzler
    To whom it may concern:

    I highly recommend Susan Rooks for whatever grammar problems that ail you.


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    29/12/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you, Susan for our who/whom lesson. Did anyone notice, Ken Boddie is such a hoot?
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    Your owl friend looks very sad and lonely, Susan. I would suggest that he needs a girlfriend, but I fear he may not have the wit to woo. 😂
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Perhaps we should look to Whom's Whom for celebrities, Susan? 😊
    Phil Friedman
    29/12/2016 #6 Phil Friedman
    Great 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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    28/12/2016 #5 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    Wonderful 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!

    Sharing to Twitter...
    Joshua Byron
    28/12/2016 #4 Joshua Byron
    You are doing a great service to society!
    Susan Rooks
    28/12/2016 #3 Susan Rooks
    @John White, MBA and @Milos Djukic, thanks for sharing my post!
    Susan Rooks
    28/12/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    #1 @debasish majumder, I am very glad I helped!
    debasish majumder
    28/12/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    lovely process of teaching for the people like us, who are actually poor in grammar and syntax @Susan Rooks! enjoyed read. thank you for the share madam.
  2. ProducerAlexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    I am not the grammar police. But...
    I 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...


    Alexa Steele
    26/10/2016 #16 Alexa Steele
    #15 Try Grammarly. It's a free browser plugin that will do a good job a checking your spelling and an OK job of checking your grammar in almost any text editor, including comments.
    David Lisle
    26/10/2016 #15 David Lisle
    What bugs me is that unless I write in a text editor before I post on BeBee or LinkedIn and I make a mistake my only choice is to delete it and start over; editing is not enabled.
    Henri Galvão
    27/09/2016 #14 Henri Galvão
    Of all the things mentioned, I think it's in fact, above all, a matter of professionalism. If people double check graphs, why shouldn't they double check grammar too?
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #13 Alexa Steele
    #12 Thank you, @Javier 🐝 beBee. Have I mentioned how much I love beBee? The community feedback I get here is unparalleled.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    26/09/2016 #12 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #11 I am doing it for you :)
    Kevin Pashuk
    26/09/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    I wish I could mark this as 'Relevant' again...
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #10 Alexa Steele
    #6 Ah, but if every professional were a master wordsmith they wouldn't need me! I only regret how few professionals truly value professional writing, and I cringe at how many overestimate their own skill at it.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #9 Alexa Steele
    #3 "Somebody once said that it was important to know the rules so that you know which to break and when." Amen to that.

    I know what you mean about people trying to sound smart, but I don't believe that is what happened here. Just a simple mistake.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #8 Alexa Steele
    #2 Thank you, Don. I suspect a lot of things blamed on auto-correct that are just honest mistakes.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #7 Alexa Steele
    #1 I just started using Grammarly.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/09/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    I tend to use the phrase "Grammar Particularian" over "Grammar Cop". I don't enforce good grammar, but I do wince inside when I see misuse. Language is a tool in business and relationships, and professionals should be master craftspeople with those tools.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/09/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #4 Just your average Canuck back from the Long Weekend From Hell
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/09/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Somebody 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?
    Dahna Chandler
    06/09/2016 #1 Dahna Chandler
    Even long-time journalists and professional writers like me need help, which is why I use Grammarly to make sure I'm on point.
  3. Ben Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    @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." Ben Pinto


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    16/08/2016 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #7 LOL!
    Ben Pinto
    16/08/2016 #7 Ben Pinto
    The guy that invented the World Wide Web says it's global warming. I doubt he got one of two wrong. :) #6
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    16/08/2016 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #5 We've had a summer similar to Floridian summers since July and it brings back memories. The humidity w/temps too hot/thick air to enjoy being outdoors. I'd love to live in Florida or even the Carolina's in the late Fall-early winter @Ben Pinto
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #5 Ben Pinto
    #4Lisa, that is the story of my summer. IT HAS BEEN BRUTAL. Humidity and heat and the only reprieve is when it rains for three or more days straight. Then the temperatures start to drop.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/08/2016 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #3 I remember walking with my kids at Johns Pass about 15 years ago. It was probably 95 degrees and we weren't able to enjoy all the sights because it was so hot and humid that day. Beautiful area though @Ben Pinto
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #3 Ben Pinto
    #2 Thank you Lisa. I took this picture about 9 years ago in Redington Beach, just north of John's Pass. The condo building was across the street from the beach front. So this was facing the bay.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/08/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #1 I like the photo @Ben Pinto and your questions!
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #1 Ben Pinto
    I am guessing this question is relevant to this hive. I don't know how relevant the picture is, so please don't grade me on that. I know I could have posted without it here, but since you need a photo for most activity I am trying to get into the hang of it.
  4. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    What Good is Good Grammar Anyway?
    What 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...


    Deena (Laidlaw) Parsolano
    18/10/2016 #17 Deena (Laidlaw) Parsolano
    I 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*
    Susan Rooks
    12/07/2016 #16 Susan Rooks
    #15 Thanks so much, @Don 🐝 Kerr, for sharing the post! I really appreciate it!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    11/07/2016 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    It really is grand and useful to have you with us here @Susan Rooks Shared as well.
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #14 Susan Rooks
    #13 my pleasure, oh social media guru! Glad to be (bee) here!
    John White, MBA
    11/07/2016 #13 John White, MBA
    @Susan Rooks, I have shared your buzz on both the beBee Facebook and LinkedIn page. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #12 Susan Rooks
    #2 Thank you, Neville Gaunt! Nice to see you here!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #11 Susan Rooks
    #1 Yes it does, Leckey Harrison!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #10 Susan Rooks
    #3 Thank you for that, Anees Zaidi!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #9 Susan Rooks
    #4 I appreciate that, Franci Eugenia Hoffman!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #8 Susan Rooks
    #5 Thanks so much, @Aaron Skogen! Nice to see you here!
    Susan Rooks
    11/07/2016 #7 Susan Rooks
    #6 Thanks for sharing my buzz, @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    11/07/2016 #6 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Susan Rooks rocks ! thanks for sharing it :-)
    Aaron Skogen
    11/07/2016 #5 Aaron Skogen
    Great buzz @Susan Rooks. I agree, proper grammar is an important aspect of writing (and speaking). I enjoy your updates and reminders, thank you!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    11/07/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Glad to see you on beBee again. I added my two cents to your LI article. Keep us educated @Susan Rooks!
    Anees Zaidi
    11/07/2016 #3 Anees Zaidi
    A great buzz @Susan Rooks. I firmly believe if you are speaking a language or writing it we must respect and it's grammar ethics. As you rightly said all languages evolve but grammar makes a language well understood.
    Neville Gaunt
    11/07/2016 #2 Neville Gaunt
    Love these articles - and of course, the choice is all yours :-)
    Leckey Harrison
    11/07/2016 #1 Leckey Harrison
    That depends on how professional you want to appear.