A Word, Please: Switching off your grammar autopilot
Because word classes like "adverb," "noun" and "verb" are like clubs. They're labels we give to words ... But it can still have an adverbial function in a sentence. Why does this matter? Because when you say "Stay awhile," you're using an adverb as the ...
Grammar-grouching on 'myself' misuse
If the misuse of "I" and "me" is an irritant, the abuse of "myself" is nothing short of a blot on humanity. 'Would you please give a lesson on the proper use of 'myself ... "Reflexive pronouns can also be used to add emphasis to a sentence," says ...
How Facebook Can Sway You With A Single Word
I’ll ask them if they’ll “please” read it. Using the more straightforward "please" in a sentence can ... you pick one of the five options, Facebook instructs you to send a message to the person who posted the picture. Here too, subtle changes in ...
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A Word, Please: Avoiding 'whom' might be best way to go
I do when it comes to a sentence like ‘Give ... “you.” “Whomever” is the object of that want, hence the M. The shorter forms “who” and “whom” can sometimes work this way. Compare “the man whom I marry” with “the man who marries me.”