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Comma Queen: Mad Dash
“Who” and “whom” are relative pronouns, and the trick for choosing the right one is to switch the clause around so that you can substitute a personal pronoun.
Tired of being corrected for misusing “lay” for “lie” and “laid” for “lay”? It’s a matter of tense and the principal parts of two overlapping verbs.
How do you know whether or not to set something off in commas in a sentence? Are the added words essential (restrictive) or not (nonrestrictive)?