Hi, FF followers! Today’s mix of mistakes was gathered by your ever-vigilant Grammar Cop – me. Join me in perusing these abominable apparitions.
- HUFFINGTONPOST.COM: “If you have a firm grasp of whom you are, it’s difficult for someone to say or do something that gets your goat.”
- MONTREAL TIMES: “Tickets are on sale starting this past Friday.”
- MONTREAL TIMES: “After having survived the Great Depression, a massive fire destroyed most of the hotel, leaving the restaurant and a few rooms intact…”
And now the corrections:
- My fellow grammarphiles will see immediately that “whom” should be who. (Mind you, perhaps my fellow grammarphiles don’t read my blog. They probably have their own cantankerous blogs. But I digress.) I’m sure the writer of the above gaffe thought he/she was being clever: Oh, it comes right after the preposition, “of” – therefore it’s the object of “of” and so must be “whom.”
Nope. It is not the object of “of.” Rather, the entire clause, “who you are,” is the object of “of.” But it has to indeed be who, because who is the subject of the verb, are, here. Are you confuuuuused now? But at least you’ve learned something. Maybe. 😀
- Ouch. A bad muddle of tenses. “Tickets are” implies present tense. “On sale starting…” implies future tense. “This past Friday” obviously implies past tense. See what I mean? A much better way of saying this is: Tickets went on sale this past Friday.
- This is a perfect example of what is known as a dangling modifier – or as it’s often called, a dangling participle. The problem is that the way it’s written, the clause “After having survived the Great Depression” looks like it pertains to the massive fire, whereas of course it is meant to describe the hotel. The sentence should be rewritten, like this, for example: After having survived (or better: After surviving) the Great Depression, the hotel was destroyed by a massive fire, which left the restaurant and a few rooms intact…
Oh, what fun it is to fix grammar glitches! Do drop by again next Friday for another installment of follies on Friday, or as I so creatively call it, Friday Follies! 😉