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Hello,

I have trouble understanding the correction of the following sentence:

Incorrect: The acquaintances who we like most are those that flatter us best.

Correct: The acquaintances whom we like most are those who flatter us best.

Why could not we say:

-> The acquaintances that we like most are those that flatter us best.

I do not find the MGMAT's explanation very clear on this one.

Thank you.
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Re: The acquaintances who we like most are those that flatter .. [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 11:59
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Hello,

Incorrect: The acquaintances who we like most are those that flatter us best.

Correct: The acquaintances whom we like most are those who flatter us best.

Why could not we say:

-> The acquaintances that we like most are those that flatter us best.

I do not find the MGMAT's explanation very clear on this one.



The word "acquaintances" is the key. You see it is a plural so "that" is not appropriate, may be "those" can be used. But then "those" is already used in the later part of the sentence and for me "those" doesn't fit in well in that place like "whom". As far as I know "whom" is a common reference for both singulars and plurals. Not really sure if this is right, just my thoughts.
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Re: The acquaintances who we like most are those that flatter .. [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 12:03
In the future, please provide the full question including underlining as well as the answer choices. We're all used to solving problems that way and it's usually easier than without options.

Who vs. whom is actually a very easy rule. Use who when referring to the subject of a sentence, and use whom when referring to the object of a sentence.

In this sentence, the acquaintances are being liked by us. In other words, they are the object of the sentence.

Hope that makes sense.
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