Category: Grammar

How to use an apostrophe courtesy of The Oatmeal.


How to use a semicolon, the most feared punctuation on earth.

The Oatmeal has some great articles to help with grammar. They’re both educational and entertaining. Here’s Oatmeal’s guide to using a Semicolon.

When to Use "Me" or "I"

Gerson and I were having a conversation and I had asked him if he knew whether he knew the rule for “Me” or “I” in a sentence. He told me that the trick was to remove the additional person from the sentence and it would be obvious. Like the first sentence: “Gerson and I were having a conversation…” if your remove “Gerson” then it would read “I were(was) having a conversation…” If I were to have used me it would have read “Me were(was) having a conversation…” With this little rule it becomes self evident.

We’re told in school to never end a sentence using a preposition.. why? I ran into the answer.

It was John Dryden who first promulgated the doctrine that a preposition may not be used at the end of a sentence, probably on the basis of a specious analogy to Latin. Grammarians in the 18th century refined the doctrine, and the rule has since become one of the most venerated maxims of schoolroom grammar. But sentences ending with prepositions can be found in the works of most of the great writers since the Renaissance. English syntax does allow for final placement of the preposition, as in We have much to be thankful for or I asked her which course she had signed up for. Efforts to rewrite such sentences to place the preposition elsewhere can have stilted and even comical results, as Winston Churchill demonstrated when he objected to the doctrine by saying “This is the sort of English up with which I cannot put.”·Sometimes sentences that end with adverbs, such as I don’t know where she will end up or It’s the most curious book I’ve ever run across, are mistakenly thought to end in prepositions. One can tell that up and across are adverbs here, not prepositions, by the ungrammaticality of I don’t know up where she will end and It’s the most curious book across which I have ever run. It has never been suggested that it is incorrect to end a sentence with an adverb.

Source: (click title for page)

Difference Between Who and Whom

The Bottom Line

The difference between who and whom is exactly the same as the difference between I and me, he and him, she and her, etc. Who, like I, he, and she, is a subject – it is the person performing the action of the verb. Whom, like me, him, and her, is an object – it is the person to/about/for whom the action is being done.

Sometimes it helps to rewrite the sentence and/or replace who/whom with another pronoun so that you can see the relationships more clearly.

This is who warned me > He warned me (not “him” warned me)

Jack is the one who wants to go > He wants to go (not “him” wants to go)

This is the man whom I told you about > I told you about him (not about “he”)

Lisa is the girl with whom I’m driving to Maine > I’m driving to Maine with her (not with “she”)

%d bloggers like this: