29 JULY 1905, Page 15


Sin,—After your hint in last week's issue I shall not say another word as to the use of the verb "to lay," but I believe it is not the only transitive verb which is confused with an intransitive one. " Set " and "sit," also " raise " and "rise," are other examples. I have heard it maintained (of course, without book) that the last two lines of a well-known hymn were-

" Then evermore shall raise to Thee Glad hymns of praise from land and sea."

In regard to "who" and "whom," perhaps the most famous instance is to be found in St. Matthew xvi. 13, where the Authorised Version has it : Whom do men say that I the Sou of man am ? " and the Revised Version has : "Who do men say that the Son of man is P " Phonetic causes do not apply here. It is an old-fashioned and incorrect style of

writing.—I am, Sir, &c., J. M. BELL.