Monday, August 21, 2006

Grammar War III: Wh Th?

More correctional training for you illiterate idiots:

1) Everybody's favorite: the difference between "who" and "whom" - WHO and WHOM are both pronouns used to reference a specific person. The difference in use lies solely in intent. WHOM is used when the "who" follows a direct object or a preposition. I realize that those of you who don't already know the difference probably also don't know what a direct object or a preposition is, so I'm guessing that I'm wasting my time here.

2) The difference between "where," "wear," "were," and "we're" - WHERE is a multi-function word referring a specific place. Examples: WHERE are we going and I know WHERE he's at. WEAR is a multifunction word indicating the act of bearing or having on object on your person or the act of deterioration. Examples: I am going to WEAR a jacket today or the rocky road causes a lot of WEAR on my tires. WERE is a past form of "be." Example: They WERE here (instead of they "are" here). WE'RE is a contraction representing the words WE and ARE. Examples: WE'RE so stupid and WE'RE incapable of proper grammar. Keep in mind that WHERE and WEAR sound alike in speech, while WERE and WE'RE sound entirely different.

3) The difference between "then" and "than" - THEN is a multi-function word indicating time. Examples: Back THEN, people thought you were smart, but THEN you grew up. THAN is a multi-function word indicating an order of preference or a comparison. Examples: I'd rather date a brunette THAN a blonde or I'm definitely smarter THAN you.

More words you probably didn't know:

sommelier -
a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service

bifurcate -
to cause to divide into two branches or parts

solipsism -
a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can you ever describe a word's use without the words "multi-function"? And who on God's green (and blue) Earth really doesn't get the difference between WHERE, WEAR, WERE, and WE'RE??? WERE and WE'RE - maybe, but WHERE and WEAR? Really? I must have too much faith in people... Wait a minute. No, I don't... People are idiots. ::sigh::

Posted by Jessica Lynn on August 22, 2006 - Tuesday - 10:13 AM

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