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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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Is this use of 'whom' grammatical? [duplicate]

I read the following sentence on a Wikipedia page that sounded odd: Carlson traveled to Russia in February 2024 to interview President Vladimir Putin, whom he "has been an outspoken defender of&...
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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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dialect/idiolect quirk? "for whom" instead of "whose"

I'm a native (American English) speaker and I've noticed that this is a weird feature of my idiolect. Here is a direct quote: To the person for whom I spilled apple cider, if you're watching this, I'...
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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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Comparing word order: "with whom" and "with" [duplicate]

Sentence 1: A person with whom I am particularly close has moved away. Sentence 2: A person I am particularly close with has moved away. What are some differences between these two sentences that are ...
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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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Who or whom in this statement? [duplicate]

What is the proper pronoun in the following sentence? There is no concept of leadership beyond (whomever/whoever) happens to be most experienced on a given team.
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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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"What number of president is Joe Biden?" Is this correct? [duplicate]

I know that Joe Biden is the 46th president of USA, but if I was to ask this as a question what would that be?
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Is it "She is whom he fights for", "She is who he fights for" or neither?

Another way to say nearly the same thing would be "He fights for her" which makes me think of two things in particular: Because "her" is used, the correct choice should be "...
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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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Is "whom" correctly used in these two examples?

N.B.: these are captions–intentional sentence fragments–for photographs. Jason and Tonya, whom the Londoners loved. The two sisters from New York City whom the the Hardings have adopted. Edit: I ...
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Should I use "who" or "whom" in "The main problem of Argentina comes from whom has taken office."? [duplicate]

Should I use who or whom in this sentence? The main problem of Argentina comes from whom has taken office. My logic I know that whom is an object pronoun, that whom has taken the office is the ...
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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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"Whom" is right but I've never EVER heard anyone say "whom" out loud [closed]

For example: "Whom hit you?" "Whom should I pick?" Maybe no one has enough time to think about this in quick, everyday conversation?
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“Do you know who John is?” or “Do you know whom John is?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to say “Do you know who John is?” or “Do you know whom John is?”? As far as I’m aware, John is the object, and therefore “whom” should be used. If not though, please let me know why.
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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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When to use "whom" and "who" when the direct object is also doing an action

"I just saw that guy throw a ball." "[T]hat guy," the direct object, is now doing the action of "throw[ing]." So, could one ask, "Whom did you see throw the ball?&...
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A number of people wanted to, but the investigation failed to reveal they

Fowler reads “There are a number of people who might have wanted to kill Robert [...] , but the intervening two decades have failed to reveal whom [read who].” (Although whom might seem to be the ...
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Can someone clear up my confusion regarding who vs. whom? [duplicate]

Specifically, in this sentence: … of the people who suffered early trauma, there were some whom it affected in such a way that they … (I've mercifully only included part of the sentence) I can't ...
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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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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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Whom vs. who; which is correct? [duplicate]

Who/whom question: "I have no idea whom he was speaking about." The subject of the phrase, "was speaking about" is, he, hence "whom" is correct (flip it around, "...
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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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'The person whom I ask for help is clever'

Does 'whom' work here? The person whom I ask for help is clever. I don't think it does: ask for has already an object.
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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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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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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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Is 'whom' incorrect in this sentence? [duplicate]

As the story unfolds, a malicious rumor about Mr. Simon spreads after the principal suspends a school bully for beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties."
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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 or whom? "I wanted you to listen to this interview by an author who(m?) many of you read"

Which word should I be using in the following sentence: "I wanted you to listen to this interview by an author who(m?) many of you already read". Who or whom? I saw this answer What’s the rule for ...
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"whom...must...": is this real sentence grammatical?

I encountered this curious sentence on page 234 of the 1859 novel Natalie; or, A Gem Among the Sea-Weeds, by Emma V. Hallet writing under the pseudonym “Ferna Vale”, marked here in bold: In a few ...
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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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Did Martin Scorsese use "whom" properly in this interview? [duplicate]

I was reading an interview with Martin Scorsese in the Times and he said the following: But, no matter whom you make your movie with, the fact is that the screens in most multiplexes are crowded ...
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Do I use whom or who in this sentence? [duplicate]

Family engagement is crucial to developing children’s emergent literacy skills because children who are raised in homes that promote literacy do better in school and they grow up to be better readers.
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Who vs. whom when the he/him test is unclear

I'm not sure whether the following sentence requires who/whom: Does anyone know who/whom I can speak with about that? If a similar sentence began with who/whom, it would be "whom." Whom can I speak ...
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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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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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Whom, who or that?

Which is the correct sentence? Match me only with people I kissed or people that I am following or Match me only with people I kissed or people who I am following or Match me only with ...
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