In this new era of texts, emojis, and tweets fewer and fewer people are focusing on they are grammar today than ever before.
Most people can’t remember the last time that they actually sat down and wrote out a letter to someone, and a lot of folks would really struggle just to address an envelope properly – especially if they’ve switched to direct online bill pay through their bank!
If you have found yourself in a sticky situation when it comes to grammar and are more than a little bit frustrated that you did know how to dig yourself out, hopefully a little bit of insight we have to offer below will ring true and get you back on track.
You don’t have to become a Grammar Ogre by any stretch of the imagination (those folks are always HUGE hits in the online comments section of most every site on the planet), but it is important to know your way around it these grammar rules you were taught once but have likely already forgotten.
The difference between further and farther
A lot of people (and we mean A LOT of people) are under the impression that these two words are essentially interchangeable, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Further is not farther, though cracking the code behind when one or the other should be used can be a bit of an uphill battle for most.
When you’re describing a physical distance you’ll want to use the word “farther”, but when you’re looking to describe figurative distance you’ll want to use “further”.
• That just couldn’t be any further from the truth
• I threw the ball farther than he did
Choosing between who and whom
This is another tough one for a lot of people, and it’s also releasing to see why.
“Whom” has pretty much fallen out of favor in the everyday parlance, and those that try to squeeze it into conversation – especially casual conversation – are almost always doing so ironically.
But if you would love to know when it’s time to use “who” and when it’s time to use “whom”, just remember this:
You’ll want to use the word “whom” when you are referring to the object of a specific statement and you’ll want to use the word “who” when you were referring to the subject of that statement.
• Whom is it that you are in love with?
• Who is that over there?
Keep these grammar rules in your back pocket and you won’t have anything to worry about!