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What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?

I can never figure out whether I should use who and whom. Most people use who for both colloquially, but that’s not correct. What’s the rule for using who and whom correctly?
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Prepositions at the end of sentence and whom

I believe it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition. That seems to be the consensus here as well. Now I think that when who is the object of a preposition, it should technically be whom, e.g. ...
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“With who” vs. “with whom”

Is this correct? The person with whom I'm doing the project should be here soon. If it is, is with always a dative preposition (like mit in German)?
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The use of nominative “whom”

From page 48 of Law: A Very Short Introduction, by Raymond Wacks: In other words, you owe a duty to persons whom it is foreseeable are likely to be harmed by your conduct. To try to parse this, ...
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Who vs whom in "Who is the right person to turn to? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: Who is the right person to turn to? I'm not sure whether who or whom should be used in this position.
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May I please help who(m)ever is next [duplicate]

I am bringing up a rather pedantic point here, but, one that has me completely stumped. This is going to require some serious grammar knowledge. I was in a line at a shop today and the teenager at ...
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Double “whom” sounds clunky, but is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? I believe the following sentence is correct, but am slightly unsure as it sounds a bit clunky - ...
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Am I using “whomever” correctly?

So sad to lose you, yet happy for whomever has the pleasure of working with you next.
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“Who to follow” or “whom to follow”?

On twitter, there's a "who to follow" button on the upper side of the screen. Shouldn't it be "whom to follow"? This page suggests that whom is the correct usage in a case like this.
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“Whom of which”, a valid expression?

I recently encountered this expression and I'm pretty much stumped. People seem to be using it in place of "who". Example: [...] they were developed by non-medical professionals whom of which have ...
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Dative whom with accusative who

When I am not bound by a style that mandates otherwise, I like to use whom in dative constructions and who in accusative constructions (I am aware that English doesn't have a proper case system, but ...
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“Who” vs. “whom” in tricky sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using "who" or "whom"? Which is correct? A certificate is a statement that states who is entitled. A certificate is ...
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What is the correct usage of “whom”? [duplicate]

I am still very confused on when to use who and whom, I understand the idea these sentences are correct: He is the person who won the competition. That is the person whom I went on holiday ...
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Is this use of “whom” correct? Can I use “who” here instead?

I want to shorten this: I sent emails to four others. One person responded. Does the following sentence correctly use whom to achieve my goal? I sent emails to four others, one of whom ...
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What pronouns are used in the vocative?

A coauthor and I are drafting a letter, and we're not yet sure whom we're going to be sending it to. So I sent a draft to my coauthor, which started Dear [whomever]: Now, that line in a letter ...
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Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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Who's who or Who's whom? [closed]

I'm wondering if the phrase "Who's who" as in "a who's who of the community" should be "Who's whom" on the basis that if you rephrase to a question and remove the apostrophe you get "Who is who?" ...
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Is “whom” correct in “I speak of him, whom is…”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I speak of him, whom is one of the best people I've met. I think that sentence to be grammatically incorrect. I believe it to be as such because ...
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Who vs whom grammar

I found a grammar rule about when to choose "who" and "whom". Rule. Use this he/him method to decide whether who or whom is correct: he = who him = whom So I have a question about ...
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“By whom?” vs. “Who by?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? With who vs. With whom Are “by whom?” and “who by?” perfect equivalents? I have the feeling ...
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Is this a proper use of a semicolon and the word “whom”?

PCAs are usually assigned to an individual with a physical, mental, behavioral, or emotional handicap; whom they work with throughout the year. Is this sentence grammatically correct? I know ...
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“With what […]?” or “What […] with?”

Making a comparison with Who/Whom I now have a doubt about the use of what with prepositions in questions. I'll explain by example: These two sentences are correct, one is more formal than the other: ...
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Question on who vs. whom [duplicate]

I answered two questions incorrectly during my SAT prep class, and they seem to contradict each other. The first question was: The district manager agreed to promote the employee who he saw ...
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Who vs. whom in complex sentences

I know that who is used when asking about a subject (Who is at the door?) and whom is used when asking about an object (By whom was the door opened?). How do you determine which one to use when the ...
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There were ten people, of who/whom 5 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? Please help me with the grammar here. An explanation would be extra nice, that way I can get it ...
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Whom or who in this case? Google thinks who [duplicate]

I was asking someone "whom were you horrible to?" And thought, is it who or whom? I believe it's whom but when I typed the phrase into Google search It felt differently.
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Should I use “who” or “whom” as the only word in a sentence?

I understand that "who" is for the subject and "whom" is for the object. However, sometimes they are used as the only word in a sentence. For example: Person 1: Yeah, he ate the entire cake. ...
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Friends “that or who” I consider my best friends

Can I ever use that for people, or must it be who? Which one is correct? I have friends from all walks of life that I consider my best friends. I have friends from all walks of life who I ...
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Can a phrase be the object of a clause and how would its subject change? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: I speak all over to whoever will listen. ...at first blush, I thought, "Ah — whoever should be whomever." However, I then noted that in the phrase "whoever will listen", ...
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Please teach me which is the correct way of saying this Who vs, Whom sentince:

I understand the concept of using the He/Him rule for Who/Whom (He=Who, Him=Whom), but I am not sure about how to go about the following sentence for an art project: All who can understand and accept ...
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“Managers are one group to which” vs. “managers are one group to whom”

Which of the following is grammatical? Managers are one group to which these findings are relevant. Managers are one group to whom these findings are relevant.
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Which is more common, using “who . . . is” or “whom . . . are”?

Which of these would you say? The married couple who the police caught is on drugs. or The married couple whom the police caught are on drugs. Why?
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Using 'whom' for things

Is this sentence correct (especially the usage of whom)? In addition, it might jump to a random vertex in the graph, whom the current vertex is not necessarily connected to, with a certain ...
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How should I construct “the who”?

In correspondence this morning, I found myself using a very verbal construction: Your Recommendation is entirely up to you in terms of the who and why. With due respect to the he:him::who:whom ...
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Whom vs Who: object Judas + whom [duplicate]

The test itself lies in attempting to apply this new update to a card belonging to Judas, whom is a legitimate user of the system. Is Judas considered the subject or the object? I'm considering ...
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“He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions” [duplicate]

"He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions" Which is right, who or whom? :)
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Case of Pronoun [duplicate]

I want to know _ you talked to. (who or whom) I want to know _ the culprit is. (who or whom)
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Whom or Who in this sentence: These men, all of WHOM or WHO were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers [duplicate]

Here's the full sentence: "These men, all of who were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers and common people alike as great thinkers in their day. I just can't really see ...
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“Whom” or “who” where the referent is both subject and object?

I understand there has been so much on this topic but I am still confused. I get that if the person is the subject it is who and anything else is whom. However, I'm really struggling to work out this ...
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A situation of who vs. whom [duplicate]

The sentence in question is "I had known (who/whom) my opponent was". Would you use who or whom in this context, and why? Thanks.
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Should I use who or whom when the subject is plural? [duplicate]

I realise there has been a lot of discussion of who vs whom on these forums, but as far as I can tell none of the previous posts answer my question. Which of these sentences is (more) correct, and ...
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Differentiating between who and whom [duplicate]

So my class has this question, which is: Probably it can be anyone (who/whom) is qualified, perhaps even Mr Capp. (Found on page 112 in Grammar for Writing Workbook.) I personally put who, ...
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“Tom, whom I have not seen yet” or “Tom, who I have not seen yet” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I want to meet people like Tom, whom I have not seen yet or "I want to meet people like Tom, who I have not seen yet?" There is no preposition before who(m), and I'm not ...
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Should I use who or whom? [duplicate]

I feel like I know the rule but I'm not sure in this case. "The audience wonders who/whom she is." Which is correct and why? Thanks.
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Coming to Terms [duplicate]

I am coming to terms with him. Correct. I am coming to terms with he. Incorrect. I am coming to terms with who he is. Correct? or I am coming to terms with whom he is. In #1, "him" is clearly ...
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Usage of Who and Whom [duplicate]

Trouble here. Is it correct to use 'whom' in this case? Thanks! "By submitting assignments accurately and in a timely manner, I gained professors’ trust, whom then granted me more advanced ...
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Who or whom in a sentence [duplicate]

Programming skills are an important criteria for whom we choose to hire Programming skills are an important criteria for who we choose to hire very subtle I'm guessing it's the second, but I have ...
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Is this an appropriate use of “to whom?”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? With the exception of a few members of my family, you are the only three people to whom I actually care what happens.
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“Who” or “Whom” in this sentence [duplicate]

I know very well that my question is in the duplicate department, but I need to be sure on the usage of "Who/Whom" in this particular example. She met my brother, who/whom she later married. ...
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“Who are you staying with” or “Whom are you staying with?” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Who are you staying with or Whom are you staying with?