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Who is Tied with Whom?


The headline might imply this post is about using who vs. whom. It’s not, but I’ll still take the time: Use who when referring to a sentence’s subject and use whom when referring to a sentence’s object.

Now, with that out of the way …

The other day, I was listening to one of the many Beatles-themed radio shows. This particular one was about the 20 No. 1 songs the Beatles had in the U.S. Then the host said, “Mariah Carey is tied with Elvis for the second-most with 18.”

That got me thinking.

To tie means “to make or have an equal score in a contest.” That means the person who reached the score most recently is the one who is tied  with, or tied, the person who reached the score first.

Elvis Presley’s last No. 1 was “Suspicious Minds” in 1968 — before Mariah Carey was born. Carey’s first chart-topper was “Vision of Love” in 1990 — 13 years after Elvis died.

The host got it right.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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April 7, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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