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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.

Please strike-through the wrong option.

The source where I encountered this example states that both options are valid.

My understanding is that we say "She married to him", so "whom" is the correct option.

Please advise.

marked as duplicate by Mari-Lou A, anongoodnurse, Community Apr 16 '15 at 9:55

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  • The duplicate should explain your example as well as anyone else's. It's a fine idea to read the duplicate, then ask if you're still uncertain and why. – anongoodnurse Apr 16 '15 at 7:18
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It is my understanding that you use "who" when you are referring to the subject of a clause and "whom" when you are referring to the object of a clause. whom is the correct usage

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"She met my brother, whom she later married." is correct. Here, brother is the direct object, and hence whom is correct.

First, to know whether to use "who" or "whom," we need to talk about the difference between subjects and objects because you use "who" when you are referring to the subject of a clause and "whom" when you are referring to the object of a clause. - Grammar Girl.

So, him is the object, so we would use whom.

My understanding is that we say "She married to him", so "whom" is the correct option.

It's only appropriate to say

  • She is married to him, or
  • She married him

and not She married to him.

There has already been a good discussion on this, here, and one of the top answers clearly says that the traditional rule is to use whom in the "objective case".

  • Hi, vrraghy, and welcome to the site. I'm sorry I down voted you, but "sounds right" is ok for idiomatic usage and slang; this question is based on grammar. If you remove "sounds' and replace it with guidelines that are correct, I'll remove my down vote. (Just use the edit button above this comment.) – anongoodnurse Apr 16 '15 at 7:21

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