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Facebook status updates, tweets, blog posts (!) What is the theme, or the main issue the book is focused on? What portions seem true? Literal-Minded. Index. How to Use "Who" and "Whom" Correctly. Edit Article Sample UsageUsing Who and Whom Correctly Edited by Rob S, Michael Shores, Flickety, LANP and 46 others The correct use of who and whom in questions may seem like a lost battle, still joined only by punctilious English teachers, but the correct usage remains important in formal writing.
Even careful speakers have not yet surrendered the distinction either! After reading this article, you will feel more comfortable using the distinction of "who" and "whom" correctly. Ad Steps Using Who and Whom Correctly 1Understand the difference between who and whom. Tips It is possible to write around problems involving who and whom, but the result is almost always clumsy. Warnings There is much confusion and misuse on this topic. How to Use Commonly Misused Words. Steps Method 1 of 17: "Affect" and "Effect" 1Use “effect” as instructed.
"Effect" is a noun referring to something that happens as a result of something else. E.g., "The antibiotic had little effect on the illness. ""Effect" is also a verb meaning to bring something about. 2Use “affect” as instructed.The verb "affect" means to change something in some way. Method 2 of 17: "Anxious" and "Eager" 1Use "anxious” as instructed.When followed by a gerund (the "–ing" verb form), anxiousness refers to anxiety, not pleasant feelings such as enthusiasm or excitement. 2Use “eager” as instructed.Eagerness conveys enthusiasm and is followed with an infinitive.Ex.
Method 3 of 17: "Convince" and "Persuade" 1Use “convince” as instructed.Convince a person of the truth or validity of an idea.Follow “convince” with "that" or "of. " 2Use “persuade” as instructed.Persuade a person to take action.Follow "persuade" with an infinitive (“to” and the verb).Ex. Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.
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