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Questions tagged [whom]

Questions about the objective pronoun 'whom' and its usage.

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“Those who hold …” vs “Those whom hold …” [duplicate]

Random English exercise for myself because I like words: Those who hold the plant will die. Those whom hold the plant will die. Which sentence is grammatically correct? Opinion: It is ...
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Whom should I say is calling?

Note, originally my question was "should I ask" instead of what I meant, which is "should I say". Sorry for the confusion. If I do an internet search about: Whom should/shall I say is calling. I ...
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Identifying the subject: Should ‘who’ or ‘whom’ be used here?

Now, while I think I have come to terms with 'who' and 'whom', I read an article from Oxford Dictionaries that confused me: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/who-or-whom This article states ...
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Usage of “to both of whom”

I am writing a short formal acknowledgement in a paper, and I would like to thank two people at the same time. The phrase I'm using is essentially: Coffee was paid for by John and Anna, to both of ...
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New Yorker “Who”/“Whom”

Has The New Yorker changed its "who"/"whom" policy? Recently, I noticed--for the first time in fifteen years of more or less consistent readership---two occasions I considered non-standard, both from ...
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I am confused of using 'who' or 'whom' or 'whose' in the sentence [closed]

Is it right to say? He can recognize brands of cars that are whose certain country has a manufacturer of. I am certainly confused to compose such complicated sentences. UPD. I think it may be a ...
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who or whom in the following sentence? [duplicate]

I saw the following sentence: Sally, who I saw in town yesterday, is a friend of my sister. But I think it should use whom instead of who, since Sally is the guy I saw, so why not use whom?
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Who or whom in resume bullet

I've read the other posts outlining usage of who vs. whom, but I can't seem to apply them to this sentence (or rather bullet point on a resume). Should I be using who or whom (or something else ...
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Why is it “Who do you help?,” not “Whom do you help?”?

I happened to watch a lecturer was explaining word order of English in the beginners’ English learning course in NHK’s - Japan’s largest and publicly-owned broadcasting network – educational TV ...
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“Whom” or “who” in this context? [duplicate]

I'm not a native speaker so my apologies if this question is dumb. Which one of these is correct? I didn't know what to do, so I asked my sister whom has done this before I didn't know what to ...
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Wrong uses of 'whom' [duplicate]

Would I be right in thinking that all the following examples of 'whom' should actually be 'who'? They have mainly been culled from Private Eye, with a couple from the BBC website and elsewhere. whom ...
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Can anyone help me to understand if the following sentence requires 'who' or 'whom'? [duplicate]

I am writing a story and would like to know which one is correct: a) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering whom." b) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering who." I ...
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Which is correct, who or whom? [duplicate]

I feel that the following sentence is correct, but some disagree. What's the consensus here? "To the British, those whom we called patriots were traitors."
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Is it who, whom or, that?

For the phrase, "... more than those that have come before." what is most correct? Is it who, whom or, that?
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Whom and who in the same sentence

I'm struggling to wrap my brain around this and would appreciate some advice please. Are there situations where it is appropriate to use Who immediately after Whom? Here's my example from a story I'...
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Which is correct in this example? Who or whom? (example upon which my friends and two professional editors could not come to an agreement) [duplicate]

I know this question has been posed many times already, but I've had several people (some even professional editors) who cannot decide on the correct form in this sentence. Three men, one demon, ...
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Which is correct English? “The girl who(m) they say is a singer” [duplicate]

The girl who they say is a singer, met me last night. or The girl whom they say is a singer, met me last night. Note: We Follow British English.
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Are 'him' and 'as' redundant in this sentence? What should be the correct construction?

Construction 1: "John Lenon, whom the fans call him their savior,..." Construction 2: "John Lenon, whom the fans call as their savior,..." Construction 3: "John Lenon, whom the fans call their ...
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Who vs Whom in an relative clause? [duplicate]

I'm fairly aware that who is used for subjects and that whom is used for objects. However, what about when the object is actually being modified by a clause? I have the sentence We can determine ...
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Who/whom dilemma [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? She sees Mr. Robinson, whom she contends is the best she has known. She sees Mr. Robinson, who she contends is the best she has known....
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Who and whom problem [duplicate]

I learned the rule recently. Then I was confused a little bit. The song Every lie, by My Darkest Days, has the line: Trying to undo the love that I'm tied to. Who haven't you lied to? as far as I ...
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Can a noun be both a subject and an object at the same time?

John Knight, who/whom I spoke to yesterday, seemed to be rather irritable. In this sentence, John Knight is an object because I (the subject) am speaking to him; however, he is also a subject since ...
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how do you use whom [duplicate]

I have a quick question in this sentence would you use who or whom? I have expectations of whom you wed This is not in a story but this is purely for learning the rules of using whom.
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Would I use who or whom in this scenario? [duplicate]

I know there are numerous examples of who vs whom. But I can't find anything that really makes me feel confident in how to write this. The sentence is The two most important are the satisfaction ...
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“I wondered who the bag…” vs. “I wondered whom the bag…”

I know this is very trite question to ask but the following example causes me some puzzlement To whom does this bag belong? Who does this bag belong to? These two type of constructions ...
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Who or whom in this sentence? [duplicate]

I know these days the likely hood of using whom, except when writing or speaking formally, is pretty slim, but I still find it interesting. I do fine with the whole thing but there’s one particular ...
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Stuck on this who vs. whom scenario! [duplicate]

Microsoft Word wants to change this "whom" to "who" -- but wouldn't that be wrong!? She previously saw another physician in the practice whom she describes as a “terrible doctor.”
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preposition modifying compound object

"The ethical standard is to abstain from sexual intimacies with colleagues or with staff for whom you have supervisory, evaluative, or instructional responsibility." Does the above sentence mean ...
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Why does my grammar book say “whom” is more correct than “that” in this example sentence?

According to a grammar book, it is incorrect to state "The company directors realized too late that the man that they had just brought in was unsuited to do the job." They claim it is better to state: ...
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using “whom…with” structure

What if I were to say: "Go meet people whom you have never interacted with" Does this in any way seem an unnatural way to phrase such a statement? The similar questions offered answers bespoke to ...
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“…will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together” [duplicate]

With a two-party system, our nation will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together. Do I use who or whom for this sentence? I think that "people" is the direct object and ...
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Can I replace 'whom' with 'that'? [duplicate]

Can I say Mr. Smith is a teacher that I really like. OR Mr. Smith is a teacher whom I really like.
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can who be used as the informal form of whom?

In a grammar book, there were two examples used to clarify the difference between who and whom, and to show that who can be used as the informal form of whom, and there would be no difference in ...
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How do I choose between ‘who’ or ‘whom’ when the subject pronoun is murky?

A friend needs help with his who and whom Right on the heels of my recent question regarding why 'who' and 'whom' present difficulties for so many native and non-native learners, comes another ...
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WHY do so many people struggle with ‘who’ and ‘whom’?

When to use ‘who’ and when to use ‘whom’ seems to be one of the most common areas of confusion for English learners, and even possibly for native speakers. Personally, I don't find it confusing at all ...
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“With whom …?” vs. “Whom … with?” [duplicate]

Which one of these questions is correct or both? A With whom do you watch movies? B Whom do you watch movies with?
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Conflicting who/whom usage rules in a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the sentence "Please gather information on who can serve as a proctor." The he/him, she/her test gives conflicting answers here: One would say "Please gather information on her", but "He can ...
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Is “to whom much is given, much will be expected” from Gorsuch's speech grammatical?

After Justice Gorsuch was sworn in, he gave a speech that included this line: And to the American people, I am humbled by the trust placed in me today. I will never forget that to whom much is ...
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With who or With whom [duplicate]

Live your life with whom you love or Live your life with who you love which one is correct?
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What does “with whom the actor is cohabiting as a parent” mean?

I am having trouble understanding this sentence: A family or household member means a person with whom the actor is cohabiting as a parent, or guardian. Is the actor the parent or guardian or is ...
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Is this use of 'whom' appropriate or should I reword the sentence?

May I ask if the following sentence sounds right or if I would be better off rewriting it? Stockpiles of weapons were found in the building of the staff members who worked there - one of whom was ...
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Traditional explanation for 'I don't remember whom is whom'

I'm looking for a traditional grammar explanation in regards to the sentence: 'I don't remember whom is whom.' Also I'll preface that I'm native speaker for whatever that's worth... Now I understand ...
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“Who are the neighbors of who?” : is this grammatically correct?

Temporary reopen note: This question may appear at first blush to be about whether to use who or whom. However, the naturalness and grammaticality of this phrase has to do with the periphrastic ...
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How did “that” get substituted for “who” or “whom” in common usage? [closed]

I am curious at the ubiquitous use of "that"--rather than "who," or "whom"--when referring to a person. Wondering how it happened that people became equated with objects. Some magazines still use ...
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Whom VS Which (According To The Subject Of The Sentence)

I wrote this recently for an interview write-up, and was corrected with "whom" instead of "which". If the SUBJECT of the sentence is the person/people, then I understand about the use of "whom". ...
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Is the structure “X, whom I've had the pleasure of being the mentor of” proper? [duplicate]

John is the mentor of Anna. John introduces Anna as: "Anna, whom I've had the pleasure of being the mentor of". Would the following be more correct? "Anna, of whom I've had the pleasure of being ...
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Which is right: “They are who/whom we dislike”?

Which is right in this instance, subject or object pronoun? Further explanation as to why would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Which is right: “It's me/I they want!” & “Who/Whom is it you asked?”?

The questions I have are in the title. Which is right, subject or object pronoun? It's seems the first, "It's me/I they want!," is a reworking of "Subject + Verb + Object" to "Object + Subject + Verb"...
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Why is “whomse” not a word?

I often hear people say something like For whose benefit is that? Should it not be For whomse benefit is that Who -> Whom Whose -> Whomse I know "whomse" is not a real word. My question is: ...
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Would “who’s slept with who” be acceptable in a novel? [closed]

In the sentence below, which version is correct: John pretty much knows who’s slept with who within certain circles in Manhattan. John pretty much knows who’s slept with whom within certain circles ...