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Ask... [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!

[User Picture]From: sellyoursoul
2003-06-21 05:33 am (UTC)
What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
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[User Picture]From: south_wind
2003-06-21 06:04 am (UTC)

My first victim


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.)
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From: rainbow_jr
2003-07-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: south_wind
2003-07-14 07:35 pm (UTC)


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!"
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[User Picture]From: jaggedigitlpill
2004-04-19 07:05 am (UTC)
wait wait wait! Is this community alive? It's a great idea.
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[User Picture]From: south_wind
2004-04-19 07:34 am (UTC)
The owner is still alive, but the community never really got started.
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[User Picture]From: jaggedigitlpill
2004-04-19 08:23 am (UTC)
Well hell...I'm in! Really, what a wonderful idea.
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[User Picture]From: mostly_shores
2004-06-16 07:20 pm (UTC)
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.
The name was so ill-fated, unfortunatelly.
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[User Picture]From: bidnez
2004-06-08 09:16 am (UTC)

grammar question

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.
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