N.B.: these are captions–intentional sentence fragments–for photographs.

  1. Jason and Tonya, whom the Londoners loved.

  2. The two sisters from New York City whom the the Hardings have adopted.

Edit: I was asked to update the question with at least fake names to make it easier to understand.

  • Whom is used for people, not things. Try which instead.
    – Robusto
    May 30, 2022 at 0:59
  • Apologies. I meant to add "a person" to the first two proper nouns in 1.
    – Michael
    May 30, 2022 at 1:00
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    Please, please edit this to use real names for things, even made-up ones, instead of placeholders in brackets. It's too hard to understand what you mean otherwise.
    – tchrist
    May 30, 2022 at 1:50
  • Just updated the question. Thanks for the advice.
    – Michael
    May 30, 2022 at 2:16

1 Answer 1


Yes. In 1, [Proper noun, a person] and [proper noun, a person] are the objects of the sentence who are loved. In 2, [Plural proper noun, a certain group of people] from [proper noun, a place] are the objects of the sentence who have been adopted.

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  • I agree with "yes", but in both examples "whom" is the direct object of the verb ("loved" and "adopted") in the relative clause introduced by "whom", not in "the sentence" (because the examples aren't sentences). More generally, the case of a relative pronoun is determined by its role in its own relative clause, not in the surrounding sentence. May 30, 2022 at 2:03

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