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April 05, 2013



Lynn - Thank you for the lesson on pronouns. It seems like this should be easy, but it is surprisingly complex. I scored 7 out of 10.

Barbara McNichol

May I have your permission to put this article on my blog, My authors need this good review!
If yes, please send me the bio you'd like me to use to
Many thanks.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Phil. It is a bit complex, isn't it? I hope the answers made sense when you thought more about them.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Barbara. I am flattered that you liked the post that much!

I am sorry that I can't give permission for you to publish it. That's a no-no for Google. However, you can certainly mention it in a context that makes sense for your readers, with a link back to this site.

I hope that's a satisfactory solution. I agree the content is much needed. Nearly every day I see or hear pronoun mistakes.



Thank you for this concise summary. Outside of the who/whom confusion that has been a problem for people for years, I find the current proliferation of the incorrect usage of "myself" to be very distracting. People seem to be using "myself" in place of "me" in an attempt to sound more proper or intelligent. Is it just me or is it actually getting worse?

Jasmine Pang

Thank you but can you give more examples on the usage of 'whomever' which I am still quite confused.


Hi, Lynn.

I work for an outsourcing company based in the Philippines that provides technical support to a giant software company. I find your blog helpful as I work via chat support. Thank you for writing about pronouns. This is a huge help for me as I only speak English as a second language. I hope to read more interesting articles from your blog.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Cathy. I believe the incorrect use of "myself" IS becoming more common. I more frequently hear it as an error than read it as one. I believe when people write, they are able to avoid constructions they are not certain about.

Thanks for stopping by.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Jasmine. I will write another blog post just on "whoever" and "whomever." Watch for it this week.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Martin, thanks for your thoughtful message. I hope you continue to find the blog helpful. Also, sign up for my free monthly e-newsletter at


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