Grammar question!

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  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I usually feel extremely confident when it comes to English grammar. This one bugs me, though, and I'm not sure about the right answer. Help?

    Let's say that you have a sentence with a relative pronoun. Does the main sentence or relative clause govern the relative pronoun?

    For example:

    I'm going to sue whoever hit my parked car.
    I'm going to sue whomever hit my parked car.

    The whoever/whomever person is acting as both the object of sue and the subject of hit.

    My feeling is that "whoever hit my parked car" is the better answer because the entire phrase is meant to serve as the object of sue. I really don't know, though.

    In Latin this is so much easier. :lol:
     
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  3. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

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    The former is right. TG will explain why for you :lol:
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    No, TG won't, because Caesar already did.

    (Caesar, when all else fails, I like grammars and Web sites that are designed for English learners: they have to explain stuff that we native speakers get away with taking for granted. www.UsingEnglish.com is a good choice.)
     
  5. pwhatley

    pwhatley Maven

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    "I am going to sue the person that hit my car." LOL
     
  6. queenie

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    I think you're right.
     
  7. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

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    Thanks for sharing the link. I've bookmarked it for summer school.
     

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