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What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”?

I was writing a LinkedIn recommendation one day, and ended up pondering for a while which of these forms to use:

… is a great developer whom I always found easy to work with.

… is a great developer who I always found easy to work with.

Both are basically correct in contemporary English, right? But is one or the other preferable, and if so, why?

(In this case I went with the latter, as it seemed more common (Google) and I wanted to avoid sounding unnecessarily “archaic”, although I’m not sure whether that would have been the case. Also note that I try to write in a “friendly professional” style instead of overly formal one. :-)

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, Mahnax, waiwai933 Aug 22 '12 at 18:36

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Ah, it seems that english.stackexchange.com/questions/56/using-who-and-whom contains some good answers (by nohat and ShreevatsaR) which address my question to some extent –  Jonik Aug 9 '10 at 12:43
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voted to close as duplicate due to Jonik's comment above –  nohat Aug 9 '10 at 19:08

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As you can read at the other question, whom is correct, but substituting who is acceptable to many.

If you want to be more formal and satisfy the nitpickers you would probably also want to avoid the preposition at the end of the sentence. Consider rewriting the whole thing, for example:

X is a great developer. I always found it easy to work with him.

or

X is a great developer who is always easy to work with.

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Also, X is a greater developer, with whom it is always easy to work. This is truly repugnant English though; I much prefer ending with the preposition. –  Charlie Aug 9 '10 at 23:26
    
I wonder just whom this is expected to put off, or whom you normally have to put up with, that this sort of syntactic manglement should be perceived as necessary, or even beneficial. Ok, now go back and play your “preposition” game with my previous sentence. Enjoy. –  tchrist Aug 11 '12 at 20:12
    
This is precisely the kind of discussion up with which I will not put. –  Bob Aug 12 '12 at 2:56

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