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

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What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?

I can never figure out whether I should use who and whom. Most people use who for both colloquially, but some people say this is not correct. What’s the rule for using who and whom correctly?
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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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“With who” vs. “with whom”

Is this correct? The person with whom I'm doing the project should be here soon. If it is, is with always a dative preposition (like mit in German)?
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“Most of which” or “most of whom”?

I am very uncertain about when to use "most of whom," "most of who," or "most of which." Please give concrete examples instead of only rules like, "this is the subject, so you should..."
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Prepositions at the end of sentence and whom

I believe it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition. That seems to be the consensus here as well. Now I think that when who is the object of a preposition, it should technically be whom, e.g. "...
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I am [who/whom] G-d made me

Please fill in the blank with the correct word and explain your choice. I am __ G-d made me. A. who B. whom Some people have suggested I elaborate on this question so here goes. The above was not ...
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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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Is “Whom did you give the book?” ungrammatical?

You gave him the book.                       (1) Based on the sentence (1), it seems to me that the following form of question is possible: ...
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The use of nominative “whom” (as in “persons whom it is foreseeable are likely to…”)

From page 48 of Law: A Very Short Introduction, by Raymond Wacks: In other words, you owe a duty to persons whom it is foreseeable are likely to be harmed by your conduct. To try to parse this, ...
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“Who to follow” or “whom to follow”?

Twitter has a "who to follow" button on the upper side of the screen. Shouldn't it be "whom to follow"? Wikihow suggests that whom is the correct usage in a case like this.
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Who vs whom in "Who is the right person to turn to? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: Who is the right person to turn to? I'm not sure whether who or whom should be used in this position.
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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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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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He must decide who/whom to be. Which is correct?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? He must decide who to be. He must decide whom to be. I can think of arguments for both sides, but I'm not sure. To elaborate, is who(m) the ...
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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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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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Whoever or whomever: 'happy for ___ has the pleasure of working with you next.'

So sad to lose you, yet happy for whomever has the pleasure of working with you next.
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May I please help who(m)ever is next [duplicate]

I am bringing up a rather pedantic point here, but, one that has me completely stumped. This is going to require some serious grammar knowledge. I was in a line at a shop today and the teenager at ...
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Dative whom with accusative who

When I am not bound by a style that mandates otherwise, I like to use whom in dative constructions and who in accusative constructions (I am aware that English doesn't have a proper case system, but ...
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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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“By whom?” vs. “Who by?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? With who vs. With whom Are “by whom?” and “who by?” perfect equivalents? I have the feeling that the ...
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“Whom of which”, a valid expression? [closed]

I recently encountered this expression and I'm pretty much stumped. People seem to be using it in place of "who". Example: [...] they were developed by non-medical professionals whom of which have ...
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Should I use who or whom when the subject is plural? [duplicate]

I realise there has been a lot of discussion of who vs whom on these forums, but as far as I can tell none of the previous posts answer my question. Which of these sentences is (more) correct, and ...
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Why do we say “who you were” and not “whom you were”? Isn't it the object of the verb?

I have a grammar which says that "whom" is used when it follow a preposition. E.g: to whom am I speaking. to whom it may concern. The grammar also says that "whom" is the object form of "who". E.g. ...
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Double “whom” sounds clunky, but is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? I believe the following sentence is correct, but am slightly unsure as it sounds a bit clunky - plus, ...
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What case is used for pronouns in the vocative?

A coauthor and I are drafting a letter, and we're not yet sure whom we're going to be sending it to. So I sent a draft to my coauthor, which started Dear [whomever]: Now, that line in a letter is ...
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Is “Whom should I give this job to?” grammatically correct?

I found a grammar rule about when to choose "who" and "whom". Rule. Use this he/him method to decide whether who or whom is correct: he = who him = whom So I have a question about ...
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“a patient who is” or “a patient whom is”? [duplicate]

I am still very confused on when to use who and whom, I understand the idea these sentences are correct: He is the person who won the competition. That is the person whom I went on holiday ...
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Whom or Who in this sentence: These men, all of WHOM or WHO were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers [duplicate]

Here's the full sentence: "These men, all of who were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers and common people alike as great thinkers in their day. I just can't really see ...
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Who vs. whom in complex sentences

I know that who is used when asking about a subject (Who is at the door?) and whom is used when asking about an object (By whom was the door opened?). How do you determine which one to use when the ...
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“They interviewed several candidates who/whom he thought had the experience he required.” [duplicate]

They interviewed several candidates who he thought had the experience and qualifications he required. My test prep book says this should be "who" because of the subordinate clause's predicate: ...
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“…four others, one of whom responded.” Is “whom” correct here? Can I use “who” instead?

I want to shorten this: I sent emails to four others. One person responded. Does the following sentence correctly use whom to achieve my goal? I sent emails to four others, one of whom ...
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Bob does not know who/whom the thief is. Which is correct? [duplicate]

In the sentence: Bob does not know who/whom the thief is. Should it be who or whom? and why? I don't really understand it in cases like this. I was told to think about them being analogous to him/he ...
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Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? I was writing a LinkedIn recommendation one day, and ended up pondering for a while which of these forms ...
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Who's who or Who's whom? [closed]

I'm wondering if the phrase "Who's who" as in "a who's who of the community" should be "Who's whom" on the basis that if you rephrase to a question and remove the apostrophe you get "Who is who?" ...
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“who is entitled” or “whom is entitled”: which is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using "who" or "whom"? Which is correct? A certificate is a statement that states who is entitled. A certificate is a ...
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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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Why was “whom he thought would be” marked as incorrect if “whom he saw improve” is correct? [duplicate]

I answered two questions incorrectly during my SAT prep class, and they seem to contradict each other. The first question was: The district manager agreed to promote the employee who he saw improve ...
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“With what […]?” or “What […] with?”

Making a comparison with Who/Whom I now have a question about the use of what with prepositions in questions. I'll explain by example: These two sentences are correct, one is more formal than the ...
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There were ten people, of who/whom 5 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? Please help me with the grammar here. An explanation would be extra nice, that way I can get it right ...
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Do I need whom in this sentence? [duplicate]

"One of the benefits of this is that it will eliminate gym anxiety if you have any because you are with someone whom you trust."
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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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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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Correct use of “whom”

It is something in this sentence, which does not seem correct to me. Maybe the way I use whom? We use 70% of the data to estimate the probability of default of the remaining 30% of the data. In ...
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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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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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“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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Is “whom” correct in “I speak of him, whom is…”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I speak of him, whom is one of the best people I've met. I think that sentence to be grammatically incorrect. I believe it to be as such because you ...
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Should I use “who” or “whom” as the only word in a sentence?

I understand that "who" is for the subject and "whom" is for the object. However, sometimes they are used as the only word in a sentence. For example: Person 1: Yeah, he ate the entire cake. ...
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Friends “that or who” I consider my best friends

Can I ever use that for people, or must it be who? Which one is correct? I have friends from all walks of life that I consider my best friends. I have friends from all walks of life who I ...