Do you know “who” from “whom”?
This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 9,” finishes our run through the “Glossary of Problematic Words and Phrases” in section 5.250 of CMOS 17. For our usage finale, we’re focusing on words beginning with the letters t as in “that” through w as in “whomever.”
As you take the quiz, keep in mind that we are looking for usage that would be considered technically correct in formal prose (and see our disclaimer below).
Note: Style guides and dictionaries sometimes disagree. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
Chicago Style Workout 39: Word Usage, Part 9
Photo: Genevieve Clark at the telephone, ca. 1910–15, in the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress. In the text added for this post, “Who” (not “Whom”) is correct because it is the subject of the clause “Who is calling?”
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