Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • Fill in the blank: “I’ll give the ticket to ___________ needs it.” Would you say “whoever” or “whomever”? The correct choice is “whoever,” which is the subject of the clause “whoever needs it.” The whole clause, in turn, is the object of the preposition “to.”
  • In standard American English, the word is “toward,” not “towards.” In Britain, the preference is “towards.” Similarly, in the U.S., we don’t add an “s” to words such as backward, forward, downward, onward and upward.

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2 Responses to Grammar Friday

  1. Laura Orsini says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pete, for addressing the toward/towards issue! I read many, many, many grammar and lit sites, but have never seen this addressed on any of them. Yet I am constantly correcting client text to delete the random S that appears on the “ward” words.

    Best –

    Laura

    • Peter Faur says:

      You’re welcome! It’s addressed in the AP Stylebook. I learned it years ago working on the copy desk at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Thanks, Laura.

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