March 19, 2018
Indirect Objects and Indirect Object PronounsTOPICS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, INDIRECT OBJECT, INDIRECT OBJECT PRONOUN
What's the difference between: I sent a letter to Joe and I sent Joe a letter?
They mean the same thing. Yet the first example has a prepositional phrase, "to Joe," that's replaced in the second example with something called an indirect object. Here's everything you need to know about indirect objects.
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Is 'Whom' Dead?Posted by June on March 19, 2018
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, OBJECT PRONOUNS, SUBJECT PRONOUNS, WHO AND WHOM
"Who Cyril Ramaphosa should fire."
That was a recent headline for an Economist magazine article about the new South African president. But one of the biggest questions it raised had nothing to do with global politics. Why not "whom"?
The magazine's editors didn't wait for others to ask it.
"Some readers might have wondered whether someone should fire our proofreaders," they wrote in a follow-up. "Shouldn't that be 'Whom Cyril Ramaphosa should fire'?"
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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