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July 08, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 29

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  1.  
    • You, he and me will remain like this forever.   (wrong)
    • You, he and I will remain like this forever.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Since, 'me' is a part of the noun phrase which is the subject of the sentence, it should be 'I'.
  2.  
    • Whom, according to you has stolen the gold ?  (wrong)
    • Who, according to you has stolen the gold ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Whom' is the object form of who; it cannot be used in the subject positive. 
  3.  
    • Whom do you think will top this year ?  (wrong)
    • Who do you think will top this year ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Who' is the subject of the predicate 'will top this year' and should be formallyl a subject (who, not whom). 
  4.  
    • Did you see whom he was ?  (wrong)
    • Did you see who he was ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : Since it is the subject of the embedded clause it should be 'who'. 
  5.  
    • Were you expecting her and I at the party ?  (wrong)
    • Were you expecting her and me at the party ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : As an object to the verb 'expect', 'I' becomes 'me'. 
  6.  
    • I looked at she and she at I.   (wrong)
    • I looked at her and she at me.   (correct)
      • Explanation : In the embedded clause 'I' is the object of 'look at' and should have the objective form 'me'. 
  7.  
    • Everyone donated something, except he.   (wrong)
    • Everyone donated something, except him.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'He' is the subject of the deleted embedded clause, but is the object to the preposition except, hence, him. 
  8.   
    • Don't you know whom was awarded last year on the same night ?  (wrong)
    • Don't you know who was awarded last year on the same night ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Who' occurs in the subject position in the embedded clause and cannot be replaced by 'whom'. 
  9.  
    • We all hated each other.   (wrong)
    • We all hated one another.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'We all' suggests more than two, 'one another' is the only appropriate option. 
  10.  
    • Whom do you think has done this to us ?  (wrong)
    • Who do you think has done this to us ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : Who is the subject of the embedded clause. 
  11.  
    • If I were him, I would have run away a long time back.   (wrong)
    • If I were he, I would have run away a long time back.   (correct)
      • Explanation : In equation sentences, i.e., with verb to be both pronouns will have the same form, i.e., subjective I and he. 
    Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri

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