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# Presenters at the seminar, one who is blind, will

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16 Jan 2008, 19:49
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Presenters at the seminar, one who is blind, will demonstrate adaptive equipment that allows visually impaired people to use computers.

A: one who
B: one of them who
C: and one of them who
D: one of whom
E: one of which

This one is rather easy and I don't doubt the answer at all.

I just have a question on how to assess whether we use who or whom.

Kaplan says to try and see if we use the possesive: Should it be whom or who is blind? Who is blind--> he is blind.

whom is blind--> him is blind. Obvs him is blind is incorrect...

So i must be using this method incorrectly or the method itself is incorrect.

Or should I use the method in this manner? --> Who at the seminar is blind? --> him? he? obvs. him. In this case I can see why whom is required now?

Please confirm if this is the correct approach. Thx!
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16 Jan 2008, 19:59
Your approach is correct, 'whom' like 'him/her/them' etc. is an objective pronoun. If the answer to your question involves an objective pronoun, then 'whom' should be used instead of 'who.'

GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Or should I use the method in this manner? --> Who at the seminar is blind? --> him? he? obvs. him. In this case I can see why whom is required now?
Please confirm if this is the correct approach. Thx!
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16 Jan 2008, 20:00
That is the exact approach I used in my mind. Who = he, Whom = him. So the answer is not A?
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17 Jan 2008, 01:18
Sentence is checking the pronoun case issue: I hope following answer choices info may help:

A: one who (“Presenters at seminar” are plural subject and “one who” cannot refer to plural subject – Eliminate it)
B: one of them who (“Presenters at seminar” are plural subject and “one of them who” correctly refers one of the member of the presenters – Hold it)
C: and one of them who (Seems ok but this will introduce Subject – Verb issue as main sentence points to singular subject “is” – Eliminate it)
D: one of whom ( “Whom” refers objective referent, but the main referent in Subjective form – Eliminate it)
E: one of which ( “which” refers non-living subjects – Eliminate it)

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17 Jan 2008, 21:37
OA is D, right?
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17 Jan 2008, 21:39
Well I believe the answer is D

and this is because the subject in question here is the presenter not the person itself

Now taking persenter into account, whom is a correct pronoun..
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18 Jan 2008, 13:13
I would say D. We are not talking about the presenters. We are talking about only one of them. I'm not too sure, but I think that "one of them who is blind" is perfectly fine; however, "one of whom" is more concise than the former.
what's the OA?
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18 Jan 2008, 13:38
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Hi dominion

I know where I went wrong on this:

Sentence is checking the pronoun case issue:

A: one who (“Presenters at seminar” are plural subject and “one who” cannot refer to plural subject – Eliminate it)

B: one of them who (“Presenters at seminar” are plural subject and “one of them who” has a issue – Object of preposition “of” requires objective form, that is, “whom” not “them”, this implies this answer choice is incorrect – Eliminate it)

C: and one of them who (“one of them who” has a issue – Object of preposition “of” requires objective form, that is, “whom” not “them”, this implies this answer choice is incorrect – Eliminate it)

D: one of whom (“Whom” refers objective referent because this is object of preposition “of”,– Hold it)

E: one of which ( “which” refers non-living subjects – Eliminate it)

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08 Mar 2008, 00:37
hanumayamma,

I agree that what's after "of" should be an objective form, therefore "whom" is appropriate. However, "them" is an objective form too. For example:

John called them.

"them" can never be used as a subject, but rather as an object. So out of the 2 objective forms "whom" and "them", what makes "whom" the grammatically prefered choice? I know that "whom" sounds better to my ears, but I want to understand this grammatically.
thanks
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01 Jan 2009, 21:15
tarek99 wrote:
hanumayamma,

I agree that what's after "of" should be an objective form, therefore "whom" is appropriate. However, "them" is an objective form too. For example:

John called them.

"them" can never be used as a subject, but rather as an object. So out of the 2 objective forms "whom" and "them", what makes "whom" the grammatically prefered choice? I know that "whom" sounds better to my ears, but I want to understand this grammatically.
thanks

I agree "them" is objective pronoun, but when you use "them" and "who" together, you have both objective and subjective pronoun. Thus incorrect.
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