I rather like whom
, in speech as in writing. Besides, there are contexts in which it is mandatory: if " To who
did you give the book?" doesn't cause you to raise an eyebrow, you've been overdoing the Botox.
The Oxford comma rouses mixed feelings in me. In many contexts it is wrong to the eye. However, I dislike leaving it out in writing when reading the sentence aloud calls for a small musical rest before the final and.
If it seems to be called for to clarify meaning
, then I think of recasting the sentence.
is an abomination. If you cannot follow the old rule, you should write he or she
throughout the paragraph. And it serves you right!
The lady who objects to try and...
really needs to get a grip of herself. Hendiadys is sturdy English idiom, as old as the language itself. The only possible objection is that it may give an impression of informality where formality is called for.
I applaud the gentleman who objects to due to
for because of
. I still believe that matches are cancelled owing to
rain and that rain is what the cancellations are due to
Prepositions at the end are all right, but I don't think they are alright
. Nothing's alright
My word! There's nothing like a linguistic peeve for working up a good rant...