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    Using the Right Word: who's, whose

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Who's is the contraction of "who is" or "who has." Whose is a possessive pronoun.

    Who's in charge of cleanup?
    "Whose life is it anyway?"
    - Brian Clark

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: who, whom

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Who is used as the subject of a clause; whom is used as the object of a verb (direct object) or of a preposition.

    To whom should I give this Internet proposal?
    Give it to Ms. Brown, who is in charge of information technology services.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: who, which, that

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Who always refers to people. Which refers to nonliving objects or animals, never to people. That may refer to people, animals, or nonliving objects. In formal writing, use that to introduce restrictive (necessary) clauses and which to introduce nonrestrictive (unnecessary) clauses. (See page 4.)

    The Altina Fitness Center, which was built last year, is filled to capacity after work.
    The exercise and yoga classes that are offered there are especially popular.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: weather, whether

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Weather refers to the condition of the atmosphere. Whether refers to a possibility.

    "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
    - Mark Twain
    Tell me whether you agree or not.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: way, weigh

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Way is a noun meaning "path or route"; avoid using it as an adverb meaning "to a great degree." Weigh means "to measure weight" or "to evaluate."

    After weighing the possibilities, Kenton decided to take the easy way out.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)