Misused Words in the Bizarre English Language: Part Three 10/3/2011 By now, we’ve guided you through six examples of misused words and how to use them properly in a sentence. In this installment, we’ll tackle three more examples of such words, and these may be the trickiest of the bunch yet!Do vs. Does. Do and Does are often used to ask a question, as in “Do you want to go out for drinks after work?” or “Does the store carry my favorite brand of cereal?” The basic rule of thumb is as follows: use does when the subject is first-person singular (he, she, it, the store, Larry, Mr. Jordan, the cinema, etc) and use do everywhere else. Still scratching your head? Here are a few more examples: Do you like your classes so far this session?Does the Campus Common have an announcement about the event?I do not want the semester to end.She does not need help with the latest assignment for class.Have vs. Has. It can be tricky trying to figure out which of these words to use when, but it doesn’t have to be. Use have with a plural subject and has with a singular subject, as in the examples below: He has been sick with a cold for the past week.We have to arrive for the appointment no later than two o’clock.Sarah and Sam have to drive their kids to school each morning.The school has an online library and a tutoring center for student use.Who vs. Whom. You might wonder if these two words are interchangeable or if whom is just a fancier version of who; however, they are actually used in different contexts. Use who when referring to the subject and whom when referring to the object of a sentence. For example, “Whom did you visit last weekend?” where “you” is the subject and the person you visited is the object. Still stumped? Check out the examples below: Whom do I contact to receive an answer to my question?Who owns the car that is illegally parked outside?From whom did you receive this information?Who wrote the book you’re reading?Be sure to join us for the next installment, coming soon! https://www.argosy.edu/our-community/blog/misused-words-in-the-bizarre-english-language-part-three

Misused Words in the Bizarre English Language: Part Three

By now, we’ve guided you through six examples of misused words and how to use them properly in a sentence. In this installment, we’ll tackle three more examples of such words, and these may be the trickiest of the bunch yet!

  • Do vs. Does. Do and Does are often used to ask a question, as in “Do you want to go out for drinks after work?” or “Does the store carry my favorite brand of cereal?” The basic rule of thumb is as follows: use does when the subject is first-person singular (he, she, it, the store, Larry, Mr. Jordan, the cinema, etc) and use do everywhere else. Still scratching your head? Here are a few more examples:
    • Do you like your classes so far this session?
    • Does the Campus Common have an announcement about the event?
    • I do not want the semester to end.
    • She does not need help with the latest assignment for class.
  • Have vs. Has. It can be tricky trying to figure out which of these words to use when, but it doesn’t have to be. Use have with a plural subject and has with a singular subject, as in the examples below:
    • He has been sick with a cold for the past week.
    • We have to arrive for the appointment no later than two o’clock.
    • Sarah and Sam have to drive their kids to school each morning.
    • The school has an online library and a tutoring center for student use.
  • Who vs. Whom. You might wonder if these two words are interchangeable or if whom is just a fancier version of who; however, they are actually used in different contexts. Use who when referring to the subject and whom when referring to the object of a sentence. For example, “Whom did you visit last weekend?” where “you” is the subject and the person you visited is the object. Still stumped? Check out the examples below:
    • Whom do I contact to receive an answer to my question?
    • Who owns the car that is illegally parked outside?
    • From whom did you receive this information?
    • Who wrote the book you’re reading?
  • Be sure to join us for the next installment, coming soon!

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