Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"The narcissism of small differences" at The Sonagi Consortium

Adeel delves into ethnic politics with a discussion about who can talk about whom, especially when they themselves are not part of that whom.

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  1. Can you do a post on when to use who versus whom?

  2. Oh, that's a tough one, and I will be the first to admit that I don't always get it right.

    Roughly speaking, who is for the subject of the sentence or a clause, while whom is an object (direct object or indirect object).

    A good rule of thumb is that if you can replace it with he then it's who, but if you can replace it with him then it's whom.

    At least I think that works.

    And up above, the last whom was not used grammatically correctly since it was meant to symbolize the group being talked about.


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