What helped he learn grammar?

Was it an English teacher in high school? An editor for the college paper? An English as a Second Language instructor? Who helped the writer for Yahoo! Sports learn grammar? And how can we stop that person?

helped he sports

This is what is sometimes called hypercorrection: The use of a word that sounds more intelligent, sophisticated, or erudite to the writer, but is actually incorrect. The correct word is him; it is the direct object of the verb helped and therefore the objective case is called for.

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2 Responses to “What helped he learn grammar?”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    Somebody probably told the writer about “Me and him went to the game” being not quite right.

    You don’t have a category for “I/me;he/him”.

    • Laura Says:

      The category is “Pronouns.” I don’t break it down because there would be too many combinations: I/me, he/him, she/her, we/us, they/them.


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