Monday, July 29, 2013

Answer to the Quick Quiz of Yesterday; Using the Object Pronoun When He Should Have Used the Subject Pronoun

To make sense of this post, you need to first read the previous one, which asks you to identify an egregious grammatical error by a TV news reporter.

The blunder by Zeleny lies in his using the object pronoun “her” instead of the subject pronoun “she” when he utters the words “her and her husband” while referring to Gabby Giffords. In other words, the correct English would have been “she and her husband.”

As I said yesterday, I find it inconceivable that somebody who, until recently, was the national political correspondent for the prestigious New York Times could commit such a grave violation of the most basic grammar rules. It is tantamount to murdering the English language. If only we could prosecute reporters / correspondents of major publications and news channels for such crimes.

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