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Hi guys,

I've got a question in the usage of whom vs who? When do we use which? Can someone please explain. Thank you.

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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 18:32
who when it is the subject of a sentence and whom when it is the object
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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 20:02
To further elaborate...
subject is the "main object" in a sentence
object is the "second object" in a sentence
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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 05:33
can you please provide an example sentence of each case?
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Who Example:

We all know who pulled the fire alarm.

"who" is correct here because this sentence has two clauses, "We all know" and "who pulled the fire alarm". In the second clause "who" is the subject. Or to make it clear replace "who" with "he". He pulled the fire alarm. That sentence is correct. To better make the point "whom" is an object prnoun so replace "who" in the original sentence with another object pronoun say "him". It is not correct to say "Him pulled the fire alarm" so use the subject form of who/whom, which is WHO.

Whom example:

"Whom are you going to marry?"

To see the reasoning behind this rework the sentence to read, "You are going to marry WHOM?. This shows that "whom" is the object of the sentence if this is still not clear replace "whom" with another object pronoun such as him, "You are going to marry HIM". Does that make sense? This was a tough concept for me to grasp also.
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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2010, 09:54
thank you for your example, it's much easier to grasp the concept seeing it being explained.
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the trick w/ whether using who/whom is just to answer the sentence...

"Who/Whom runs that company" HE runs that company; since HE is the subject, you'll use WHO.

"Who/Whom will that man marry" That man will marry HER; since HER is the object, you'll use WHOM.

WHO = subject (the "do'er" of the sentence)
WHOM = object (the "receiver" ...)
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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 19:48
http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80 ... orrection/

I found this particularly helpful.
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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 23:54
adalfu wrote:
the trick w/ whether using who/whom is just to answer the sentence...

"Who/Whom runs that company" HE runs that company; since HE is the subject, you'll use WHO.

"Who/Whom will that man marry" That man will marry HER; since HER is the object, you'll use WHOM.

WHO = subject (the "do'er" of the sentence)
WHOM = object (the "receiver" ...)



I love this explanation....exactly what I was looking for, thanks!



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Re: Whom vs. Who Help [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2013, 21:57
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