February 08, 2013
A Quick Note About Who or Whom Cares
No one really has time on a Friday. We are all striving for one thing – get through the day and get to the weekend. Accordingly, whenever I actually post on a Friday, I'll make it a quick hit – 200 words or less
I had a fun discussion with an auditor the other day. (Well, fun to a grammar geek like me.) It was a discussion on the eternal dilemma - "who" or "whom". Her report included something like "they knew the rules as to who to send it to." After much discussion we landed on "whom."
(Don't write me – I really don't care what the right answer is. Allen, this means you!)
After she left, it hit me. The question "who or whom" was the least of that sentence's problems. It was a poorly written sentence which could only be corrected with the obliteration of "who/whom" and most of the offensiveness surrounding it.
I admit it; sometimes I will write around a grammar problem rather than determine the right answer. (I never get "effect" and "affect" correct – even after looking them up.) But sometimes writing around a grammar problem is the right answer. Because, more times than not, it isn't the grammar that is the problem, it is the writing.