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Would it be correct to use "who" or "whom" in the following sentence?

Industrialization in the USSR did not provide a better life for many soviets, especially the peasants, who(m) Stalin claimed would benefit most from a communist nation.

I believe it would be "who" because it is the subject of "would benefit," but I'm still a little bit confused. I also tried to use the heuristic where you replace "who" or "whom" with either "he" or "him," and I believe it would be "...Stalin claimed he would benefit most..."

Thanks for your help!

Note: I know that there are many “who vs. whom” questions already on this site, but I believe that mine is distinct because there are multiple verbs. I have searched for similar questions before, but I couldn’t find them (maybe I just didn’t search well enough). I think that calling this question a duplicate (unless there is another question very similar to mine) would make it harder for people like me to find an answer to their question. Thanks!

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    Does this answer your question? What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 26, 2020 at 7:34
  • @KannE Perfect answer! Thank you for your help. Quick question: do you know how to mark my original question as answered (or do I just leave it alone)?
    – user392938
    Jul 26, 2020 at 7:36
  • Unfortunately for a number of weeks the list of related questions which always accompanied posts whose questions were focused on a popular theme, in this case who vs whom, is missing.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 26, 2020 at 7:36
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    @Mari-LouA I'm sorry, I'll be sure to include that next time. This was my first post, so thanks for letting me know that I should include that information.
    – user392938
    Jul 26, 2020 at 7:44
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    @John You mark your question as answered by clicking the tick next to the answer which answered it. Comments aren't answers. See the first part of the Tour.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 27, 2020 at 7:05

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Industrialization in the USSR did not provide a better life for many soviets, especially the peasants, who(m) Stalin claimed [___ would benefit most from a communist nation].

The pronoun is not object of "claimed" but subject of the embedded "would benefit" clause (bracketed), so subjective "who" (not objective "whom") is correct.

We understand that many soviets, especially the peasants would benefit most from a communist nation.

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By parsing the sentence, we can figure out whether we should use “who” (subjective) or “whom” (objective).

...especially the peasants, who(m) Stalin claimed would benefit most from a communist nation.

Stalin isn’t claiming “who(m).” Instead, “who(m)” is the subject of “would,” so “who” is the correct pronoun.

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  • Thank you for your answer. It was helpful, but my question has already been answered.
    – user392938
    Aug 3, 2020 at 4:56

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