||[Jun. 4th, 2003|12:14 pm]
The purpose of this community is not to make fun of grammar or punctuation errors. Instead, it is to help others use standard grammar and punctuation in their writing.|
Ask me questions about grammar, punctuation, spelling, or style. If I don't know the answer, I can probably find it.
I've not managed a community before, so I'll see how it goes!
What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
Use "whom" when it's in the objective case.
Ex: Never ask for whom the bell tolls. (object of the preposition "for")
Note: "Whom" follows other prepositions such as "to," "by," "about," "toward," etc.
Ex: She gave whom the book? (indirect object)
Ex: Bobby hit whom? (direct object)
Use "who" as the subject or when it refers back to the subject.
Ex: Who is that?
Ex: The president is who?? ("Who" restates "president," which is the subject of the sentence.
Ex: You and who went to the picnic? (It sounds silly, but "you and who" are the compound subjects.)
Spoken like a true teacher. :)
I have one for you ... even in today's day and age, is it still considered "wrong" to start sentences with prepositions or other linking words?
It's considered informal to *end* sentences with prepositions.
It's fine to begin with prepositions. For ex., "In the car I found a box of bonbons."
It's considered substandard, or slang, maybe, to begin with a conjunction. Don't do it in formal writing. For ex., "But I said so!"
wait wait wait! Is this community alive? It's a great idea.
The owner is still alive, but the community never really got started.
Well hell...I'm in! Really, what a wonderful idea.
I'd be willing to join if it's not too late.
I've got a writing community I'm in the midsts of promoting.ahahahahahaha
The name was so ill-fated, unfortunatelly.
2004-06-08 09:16 am (UTC)
Hello. This is going to seem somewhat inane, but I'd really appreciate any info.
This is the sentence:
"He has watched the scientific data accumulate to show that body weight . . . is not under conscious control."
What is the word 'accumulate' in this sentence? An infinitive in a subordinate clause? Actually, "to show" is probably that.
This seems like something I should know, but can't seem to come up with an adequate explanation. Any enlightenment would be--umm--enlightening.