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# Can someone explain when to use "who" and "whom"?

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14 Sep 2008, 06:41
Pretty much what the title said.

I know that Manhattan GMAT had a trick one could use to distinguish these two words, but I didn't quite understand clearly.

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14 Sep 2008, 06:52
lionheart187 wrote:
Pretty much what the title said.

I know that Manhattan GMAT had a trick one could use to distinguish these two words, but I didn't quite understand clearly.

who: when you want to use it as the subject (to test it, replace it with "he")

Whom: when you want to use it as the object (to test it, replace it with "him")

Example 1:

To whom it may concern

in order to test this sentence, just cover up everything from the beginning of the sentence until "to whom" part so that you're left with "it may concern." Do you think it will be more appropriate to have him or he in this sentence?

It may concern (him).

because "him" will sound more appropriate in this sentence, then "whom" will be more appropriate.

Example 2:

This is the guy who hired me.

cover up everything from the beginning of the sentence until you reach "who", your sentence should look as follows:

(he) hired me.

because "he" will sound more appropriate in this sentence, then using "who" is correct.

hope this helps.

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14 Sep 2008, 07:23
Wow, thanks!

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14 Sep 2008, 07:27
How would you conduct the test in a situation like this?

"The people in the group, one of whom is blind, gave a presentation." - Something similar to an OG problem.

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14 Sep 2008, 07:37
lionheart187 wrote:
How would you conduct the test in a situation like this?

"The people in the group, one of whom is blind, gave a presentation." - Something similar to an OG problem.

as a rule of thumb, only object pronouns can come after the preposition "of." in a plural case like this, you could use "them" instead of "him" and "they" instead of "he."

So, would you say "one of them" or "one of they"?? Of course, you would use "one of them", therefore, "whom" will be proper to use.

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14 Sep 2008, 08:45
Thanks again!

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