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Should I use who or whom in this blank? [duplicate]

"I don't know _____ gave me this letter." The word in the blank is acting as both the object of "know" and the subject of "gave," is it not? I don't know which pronoun to ...
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Should "than," "like," and "as" be followed by "who" or "whom"?

Before anyone comments that "whom" is not necessary in the English language anymore and that I can just use "who" all the time instead, I'll say that my dialect always uses "...
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If you say "who with/who for/who by/who from," do you also say "what with/what for/what by/what from?"

I know that "Who with?", "Who for?", "Who by?", "Who from?", "Who to?", and other "Who + preposition" sentences are colloquially very common ...
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Is who or whom correct in this sentence and why? [duplicate]

This is the sentence: I help writers improve and refine their tone and pacing according to where their books will be published and who their target audience contains. Is who or whom more accurate here?...
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Another case of who or whom confusion [duplicate]

The sentence is “she understands who amongst their trio is tasked with protecting everything.” Should it be “whom” because the person is receiving the task of protecting, or “who” because they do the ...
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Is who or whom correct in the following situation? [duplicate]

The sentence is as follows: "Isn't it evident who/whom they have in mind for the position?" Depending on how you try to reword it to figure it out, the answer seems different. --Is it not ...
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Should I use who or whom here? [closed]

My friend was eaten by a giant snail who is afraid of the dark. Should I use “who” or “whom” here? EDIT: If I wanted to specify that my friend was afraid of the dark, then would I use “who”? If I ...
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"Ask him [who or whom] you have the potential to become"? [duplicate]

Which is correct?: Ask him who you have the potential to become Ask him whom you have the potential to become I'm confused over this because "Ask him who you are" and "You are whom?&...
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Who is your favorite singer? It is [duplicate]

A Japanese friend of mine recently asked me a question that I could not quite explain. A. Who is your favorite singer? B. It is Ed Sheeran. A. Who is the president of the United States? B. ...
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Is there a simple and quick method, tip, or trick to identify where to use who vs whom in conversation? [duplicate]

I understand the difference and the explanations. Who is as a subject, and whom is as an object. However, in every day conversation it takes me longer than I care to admit to figure out which is the ...
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"You're not the person WHO I thought you were" or "You're not the person WHOM I thought you were"?

As the title says. WHO is a subject relative pronoun, and WHOM is an object relative pronoun. I tried finding an answer to this on the site, but this sentence in particular is more challenging than ...
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Is "what" or "whom" correct in this example?

I'm writing a poem and the last line will be either: A [sailor] is not what I wish to be or A [sailor] is not whom I wish to be. (Sailor is bracketed because the actual noun is different but ...
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Who, whom, free relative clause, to be

Should we have who or whom here? He's talking about people who run fast. I run fast. I'm who(m) he's talking about. I understand that "who(m) he's talking about" is a free relative clause ...
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In the sentence "I hope it's who he ends up with", should it be whom instead of who?

I think it should be whom, because we're talking about the one he ends up with. He is the subject, but the one he ends up with is the object. That's why whom.
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Who vs whom in "many of { } are yet to be born" [duplicate]

I understand that when "those" is referred to as the subject of the verb we use "whom", and when "they" is the object we use "who". But consider the following ...
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Who vs. Whom – 'some of who have endured relentless conversation about B these past eight months and all who have long endured me.' [duplicate]

The full sentence is Finally, I am hugely indebted to my family, some of who have endured relentless conversations about B these past eight months and all of who have endured me. Is who correct in ...
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How do you find the subject with two groups and a who after it?

O George, the man of the year, who [IS or ARE] the bright spot of the world, lead us by your example! A friend said George is the subject and therefore it should be IS. I say Who which becomes You ...
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Merriam-Webster's 'who/whom' dilemma

Please note I don't need theory on who/whom usage. I need to understand the dictionary's explanation. I found the following article on merriam-webster.com recently: https://www.merriam-webster.com/...
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Use the object pronoun or the subject pronoun as the relative pronoun heading a restrictive clause that employs a transitive verb and a linking verb?

EXAMPLE: James is the man who/whom we know is who won it. I've been trying to work this out, but for the life of me, I can't work out in such a scenario as shown above if the restrictive relative ...
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Verb agreement with "who" in a question

"They were being rude." She said. I went to ask her, "Who was being rude?" Then I thought to myself, as an English teacher (TEFL), why on earth did I just use the singular when ...
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with whom ... or whom with

In the sentence below: "In user-based approach, the recommendation is based on users of the same neighborhood, with whom he/she shares common preferences." why can't we say "In user-...
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Should these sentences actually use 'whom' instead of 'who'? [duplicate]

I'm fairly confident that some of the grammatical advice I've been reading recently is arrant balderdash. It relates to the distinction between the ‘who’ and ‘whom’. I'm sure this is a classic case on ...
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Who or whom again but I think slightly different [duplicate]

'Voters Will Know Who to Blame': I saw this headline in www.commondreams.com today. I think it should be whom. Is whom now obsolete?
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Incorrect test answers for an English test? (Urgent!) [closed]

I want to preface this and say that I am not a native English speaker. I'm planning to get into the university and to do it, I have to take a test to show how good my English is. And in this test ...
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Who or whom in a sentence with multiple verbs

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) ...
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who or whom? "The director (whom/who) regarded as competent enough, resigned from the company."

In the sentence"The director (whom/who) regarded as competent enough, resigned from the company.", should i use whom/ who? The rule is - Whom should be used to refer to the object of a ...
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Who vs Whom- Overthinking or Bad Tricks?

I get confused about the “tricks” we are supposed to use to figure out the right word. “Don’t forget about the commissions you’ll be earning coming from those who you referred.” I realize “you ...
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Why do we use "what" instead of "who" in "what is your name?

"What is your name?" instead of "who is your name?" any explanation?
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those who(m) he thought were guilty

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 466) says: a. those whom he thought were guilty b. those who he thought were guilty Here who(m) is subject of the content clause functioning as ...
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English Grammar: who or what?

I feel confused in choosing between 'what' and 'who' in the following question: I want to be liked and loved for____I am inside. A. who B. where C. what D. how B and D are obviously wrong. ...
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is it whom or who in this phrase? [duplicate]

which of these two phrases is correct? A - The man, WHOM from now on we will refer to as Jim, approaches the table and stands next to the lady. B - The man, WHO from now on we will refer to as Jim, ...
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Who/whom puzzle

The Blue Book of Grammar has a question: "John knows WHO/WHOM the winner is." The correct answer is: "John knows WHO the winner is." But ... The main clause is "John Knows." But WHOM is actually the ...
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'Who' with location answers

So I have a question about 'Who' usage. For the question 'Who has the best soccer team' why is it that a country can be the answer? I know that we could also say 'Which has the best soccer team' but ...
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Who or what or which?

Is it Who are the main competitors? or What are the main competitors? The word `competitor' is referring to a firm / company here. If it were referring to a person, then I would say the first ...
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When he first entered the classroom no one knew who/whom/whoever/whomever he was? [closed]

I am unable to understand which one is the correct?
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Who you gave your electric guitar to? [closed]

Who you gave your electric guitar to? Is the above question grammatically apt?
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How to use who V.S. whom [duplicate]

Can someone explain how to use how V.S. whom? Please give an example for both, please!
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Can you use “Who” when the answer is “Their mother, the cow”?

Question: Who feeds the calves? Answer: Their mother, the cow. Since the answer is going to be "Their mother", which is obviously the cow i.e. an animal, shouldn't the question be What feeds ...
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Using "that" instead of "who", as a relative pronoun?

When referring to a person, why would anyone use "that" instead of "who"? For example: "The musician that won the award is very creative." instead of: "The musician who won the award is very creative....
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Who is your top 5 or who are your top 5? [closed]

Can someone help me with this one? I don't know if I will use is or are with this? Is is correct to use Who is your top 5 most beautiful artist? or Who are your top 5 most beautiful artist? Thank you ...
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I have many friends,who all or all of whom are students

which is correct "I have many friends,who all are University students" or "I have many friends,all of whom are University students"?
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Love me for whom/who I am [closed]

should we rather say 'love me for whom I am', or 'love me for who I am'? Which is grammatically correct, please? Thank you.
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Who and which - What to choose when we are referring to a choice between two or more things or persons

“who is your father in the crowd?” Vs “which is your father in the crowd?” Which is correct? What is difference in meaning between them?
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Who are or who is? [duplicate]

I have a sentence: They are planning to have holidays soon. What will be the question? Who IS planning to have their holidays soon? or Who ARE planning to have their holidays soon?
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Is it ok to use "who" in this case?

I need help to verify if this sentence is correct. The original sentence was: Please provide contact details below of a person within the organization who is legally permitted to verify your ...
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Using 'I' with 'who' in a sentence. Is this grammatically correct?

I am not sure whether the following sentence is grammatically correct. Could someone please guide me on this? Is there a better alternative? I am the new CEO of this company who has taken over from ...
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The all too frequent conundrum involving "who" and "whom": Is it "most of who" or "most of whom"? [duplicate]

Sir Reginald Wingate, a British general, is said to have described the Bedouin as “an untrained rabble, most of whom have never fired a rifle.” Should it not have been "who" instead of "...
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Is this how one should use 'who', 'whoever', 'whom' and 'whomever'?

I know that 'whom' can be the object of a preposition, but since 'whom' is an object pronoun, and since only transitive verbs can receive an object(s) --- if this is wrong I'd appreciate it if you'd ...
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It is necessary to use "who" a second time in this sentence?

Here’s an example of a sentence I’ve come across — actually, part of a sentence. Is it necessary to use "who" a second time in the sentence, before "may" (see example below)? If ...
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Use of 'who' in Indian English [closed]

In both statements, which person is the word 'who' used for? Maya is sister of dhara who is doctor. Maya is sister of dhara, who is doctor.
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