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# The university graduates, all of them eager to get involved

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The university graduates, all of them eager to get involved in..., volunteered to.. (Correct)

The university graduates, all of whom are eager to get involved in..., volunteered to.. (Correct)

Note the 2nd one has a verb "are", so whom should be used!

Can anyone explain why? and also I am often not sure that in which case the "be" verb should be used or simply just verb with be.ex. "eager to" vs. "are eager too"
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22 May 2011, 22:14
if you use are with them the sentence becomes: university graduates, all of them are..
this is wrong since now there are two unlinked subjects - university grads, and all of them - separated by a comma. doesnt make sense.

"university graduates, all of whom are" is correct usage - since the whom points to the same subject - univ grads.
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22 May 2011, 23:45
vivesomnium wrote:
if you use are with them the sentence becomes: university graduates, all of them are..
this is wrong since now there are two unlinked subjects - university grads, and all of them - separated by a comma. doesnt make sense.

"university graduates, all of whom are" is correct usage - since the whom points to the same subject - univ grads.

the 2 sentences are both correct according to manhatten..., I dont get the logic behind...
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24 May 2011, 11:36
InspiredAnimal wrote:
The university graduates, all of them eager to get involved in..., volunteered to.. (Correct)

The university graduates, all of whom are eager to get involved in..., volunteered to..

Note the 2nd one has a verb "are", so whom should be used!

Can anyone explain why? and also I am often not sure that in which case the "be" verb should be used or simply just verb with be.ex. "eager to" vs. "are eager too"

Both are indeed correct:
-the graduates, all of them, eager to.. If you'd want to use a form of to be here the sentence wouldnt seem to work.. For example: the graduates, all of them are eager to get in... This would change the emphasis of the sentence..
Look at this: The girls, all of them, eager to get started are waiting outside the door. The girls, all of them are eager to get started and are waiting outside the door..

-The graduates, all of whom are.. If you'd leave a form of to be out same thing applies.. The graduates, all of whom, eager to get in..
Re: all of them v.s all of whom   [#permalink] 24 May 2011, 11:36
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