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Analysis And Comment NHS reorganisation

Who's kicking who?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:645

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Who whom

When I applied for medical school there were still some colleges
which required Latin O level. I failed Latin O level, but I passed
English. To kick is a transitive verb. The subject should be in the
nominative case and the object in accusative. Few nouns in English are
inflected, but personal pronouns are. He does not kick I, he kicks me.
And I do not kick he, I kick him. Whom do I kick? Not who.
I thought that this is what subeditors are for. I find this sort of thing
lamentable in tabloids. I think that a journal which aspires to some
degree of learning might be expected to conform to some canons of grammar.

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28 September 2006
C. M. Rayner
GP principal
Springfield Surgery, Elstead GU8 6EG