Welcome to Grammar Badgers! Have you ever wondered why people produce sentences such as me and my wife went to the party instead of my wife and I went to the party? Have you ever been nagged about when to use who and whom by your English teachers?
In this series of short videos, we look into how people react to five grammar constructions. Do you wanna know if your beliefs about these grammatical constructions align with theirs?
Check out the videos below! 👍 Like, comment and share if you enjoyed them.
We would like to thank our experts for their commentaries on each of the grammar points:
- Joseph Salmons, Editor of Diachronica, International Journal of Historical Linguistics
- Ashley Huang, Certified EFL Teacher at the Guoliyuanlingaoji High School in Taiwan
- Tim Dalby, Instructor in the TESL/TEFL Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Gail Ibele, Instructor in the TESL/TEFL Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Badger Me This: Singular They
The singular they was declared the 2015 word of the year. However, with an officially-endorsed and added meaning of singularity to they, are people feeling comfortable using they in the singular form or do they still slip back to using they in the plural form? Let’s find out!
- I found ten dollars on the ground. Someone must have lost their lunch money.
- My client was never told before the surgery how much _____ would have to pay.
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Badger Me This: The Group Possessive
Whose house is this? Kristen’s and Riley’s? Kristen and Riley’s? Kristen’s and Riley? How many apostrophes do you need there? Got stumped? Don’t worry. You are not alone. People have divergent reactions to the group genitive. Can’t wait to hear what others have to say about this? Check out the video above to find out!
- There was a great party at Kristen’s and Riley’s house yesterday.
- The party wasn’t Kristen and Riley’s house after all. Everyone came to _____ house.
Hashtags: #Grammar, #Correctness, #Linguistics, #English, #Possessive, #Genitive, #Group, Bucky, #Badger, #Wisconsin, #UWMadison
Badger Me This: Who vs Whom
Do your papers get marked red by your English teachers or professors because you use who instead of whom? Does whom ever sound exotic to you? Do your grandparents insist upon you using whom? In this video, we interview people and ask how they would react to the rules they learn about who and whom and see if their actual production in everyday life aligns with what they have learned.
- Whom will clean up the toys?
- _____ did John say was in charge?
Hashtags: #Grammar, #Correctness, #Linguistics, #English, #Pronouns, #Who, #Whom, #Wisconsin, #Bucky, #Badger, #UWMadison
Badger Me This: He vs Him
Do you know when and how to use he or him when answering a phone call? Well, the picture is a bit more complicated. So, we asked some people how they use the predicate nominative, and whether they use it consistently. Check out the video above.
- “Is Michael there?” “This is _____.”
- The one who broke the window was _____.
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Badger Me This: Me vs I
When you are talking about a trip you made with someone (your friends, or your wife), do you say me and my friends went somewhere or do you say my friends and I went somewhere? Which do you prefer? In this video, we talk to some people and find out how they use first person pronouns in subject and object positions.
- Every time me and my wife go to Chicago, we have fun.
- This is a wonderful opportunity for _______________.
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