Who vs. whom

Imagine my despair when I realized I’m down to the grammar dredges in my ideas folder. Those would be my least favorites, such as “who” vs. “whom” and “that” vs. “which.” I guess I can’t avoid these forever, so I’ll start with “who” vs. “whom.” Who/whom is one of the more difficult English grammar distinctions […]

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Splitting hairs over split infinitives

They’re baaaack… Six months after I wrote about split infinitives here, the geniuses in the writing department are bombarding me with a shower of them. Where did I go wrong? Please turn off the sprinkler! Check out these examples of split infinitives. The first is a book title: How to Successfully Manage a Virtual Workforce […]

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Style Guru

Tricky verbs test our team Thanks to Jada, I actually had to look up the verb, shone, for the correct usage. Is this sentence correct? We shone some light on the right choice for businesses’ power needs with this e-card for Chloride. Hint: It’s not. Instead of  shone, it should be shined. Shone means to emit light. The […]

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Style Guru

Are all split infinitives evil? A radio disc jockey and musician turned writing tutor wrote in her blog earlier this year that “knuckle-rapping rule mongers” who advise you to avoid split infinitives are misguided. This is just an “average-level rule” that grammarians obsess about needlessly, she added. You can read the rest of her missive […]

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