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# The committee was instructed to award the money

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The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.

A. to whomever it thought
B. to whoever it thought
C. to the person whom it thought
D. to whomever
E. to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

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Originally posted by indukhatri on 26 Aug 2014, 20:53.
Last edited by broall on 31 Aug 2017, 21:27, edited 1 time in total.
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05 Sep 2014, 19:10
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I'm 100% sure B is wrong, A is correct.

Who vs. Whom.

Who: you refer to a subject ==> After "who/whoever", there is a VERB, not another subject. For example: I talked to a professor who graduated from UCLA. (The professor is subject of the second clause).

Whom: you refer to an object ==> After "whom/whomever, there is another subject. For example: Jones is the man whom I went fishing with last spring. (I went fishing with him.) (Jones is object).

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26 Aug 2014, 22:21
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indukhatri wrote:
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.
(A)to whomever it thought
(B)to whoever it thought
(C)to the person whom it thought
(D)to whomever
(E)to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

Regards
KI.

what, I can add is -

]"committee" = is the subject of thought (committee/it thought) and now we have to decide between "whomever" =the object and "whoever" =the subject->
It will be the subject had contributed ...

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26 Aug 2014, 22:24
indukhatri wrote:
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.
(A)to whomever it thought
(B)to whoever it thought
(C)to the person whom it thought
(D)to whomever
(E)to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

Regards
KI.

Kindly go through the blog :http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80%9Cwho%E2%80%9D-vs-%E2%80%9Cwhom%E2%80%9D-in-gmat-sentence-correction/. The ANSWER to the question should be A. I doubt your source. Applying the technique - "THE COMMITTEE WAS INSTRUCTED TO AWARD THE MONEY TO THEM. Experts kindly assist if there is a flaw in the logic
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26 Aug 2014, 22:25
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indukhatri wrote:
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.
(A)to whomever it thought
(B)to whoever it thought
(C)to the person whom it thought
(D)to whomever
(E)to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

Regards
KI.

Hi,
According to my understanding, while we use "who" for the Doer (person or thing) of associated verb, "whom" is used for someone/something on which action is done.
Ex:
1) Who is the father of nation?
- Here Who is doer of action "is".
2) The person, who is the Father of Nation, is Mahatma Gandhi.
- Here also who is doer of verb "is".
BUT,
3) The person, "whom" you hold to be the Father of Nation, is Mahatma Gandhi.
- Here verb/ action "hold" is done by "you" on someone (so "whom" is used).

Hope this helped.
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05 Sep 2014, 16:36
dshuvendu wrote:
indukhatri wrote:
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.
(A)to whomever it thought
(B)to whoever it thought
(C)to the person whom it thought
(D)to whomever
(E)to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

Regards
KI.

Kindly go through the blog :http://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/02/%E2%80%9Cwho%E2%80%9D-vs-%E2%80%9Cwhom%E2%80%9D-in-gmat-sentence-correction/. The ANSWER to the question should be A. I doubt your source. Applying the technique - "THE COMMITTEE WAS INSTRUCTED TO AWARD THE MONEY TO THEM. Experts kindly assist if there is a flaw in the logic

I agree, according to the link you provided, the answer should be A. Please, can someone confirm OA.
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24 Sep 2014, 22:23
Dear pqhai ,

thank you for nice explanation, but I need a help in the following issue :

I can distinguish when to use "who" or " whom" using many ways that you mentioned one of them above, but I have a problem in produce the sentence , for example :

I am going to see the doctor. The doctor delivered me when I was born.
I am going to see the doctor who delivered me when I was born. __R__

Jessica met a new friend. Jessica liked her friend very much.
Jessica met a new friend whom she liked very much.

in the first example : I applied what I learned from the grammar book, but as we use whom because the noun phrase is present as objective.

in the second example I do care for Jessica not for her friend.

so please to help me understand the concept.

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25 Sep 2014, 07:16
Dear pqhai ,

thank you for nice explanation, but I need a help in the following issue :

I can distinguish when to use "who" or " whom" using many ways that you mentioned one of them above, but I have a problem in produce the sentence , for example :

I am going to see the doctor. The doctor delivered me when I was born.
I am going to see the doctor who delivered me when I was born. __R__

Jessica met a new friend. Jessica liked her friend very much.
Jessica met a new friend whom she liked very much.

in the first example : I applied what I learned from the grammar book, but as we use whom because the noun phrase is present as objective.

in the second example I do care for Jessica not for her friend.

so please to help me understand the concept.

thank you

in first example, the answer to the question, "who delivered you?" is "he". "He" delivered me. So we use "who". Another way to think of it is, subject (doctor) is the doer of the sentence. the doctor delivered me.

in second example, the answer to the question, "who did Jessica like?", is "him". Jessica met "him". Another way to think of it is, the subject (friend) of the sentence is used as an object of a verb (liked). this person is the receiver. of the sentence. You don't care about Jessica, but you are mainly concerned about the friend she met, whom she liked very much.
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08 Dec 2016, 09:36
pqhai wrote:
I'm 100% sure B is wrong, A is correct.

Who vs. Whom.

Who: you refer to a subject ==> After "who/whoever", there is a VERB, not another subject. For example: I talked to a professor who graduated from UCLA. (The professor is subject of the second clause).

Whom: you refer to an object ==> After "whom/whomever, there is another subject. For example: Jones is the man whom I went fishing with last spring. (I went fishing with him.) (Jones is object).

Hope it helps

Hello pqhai
in my first attemp, I chose A, but after I saw the answer I think choice B is the correct answer by considering this question : who had contributed most.
I think the "it" is not the subject for the clause.
For example:
I went fishing with whoever had a ship.
I went fishing with whoever I thought had a ship.
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26 Mar 2017, 03:12
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Takdir wrote:

Since an object pronoun is required after the preposition "to" (object of preposition), "whomever" is definitely better than "whoever". Corrected the OA.
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10 Jul 2017, 07:23
indukhatri wrote:
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.

A. to whomever it thought
B. to whoever it thought
C. to the person whom it thought
D. to whomever
E. to him whom it thought

Could experts please shade a light on usage of Who Vs Whom. I selected option A however the OA is B.
Would he helpful if someone could explain more on how to differentiate between who and whom. I know that we use Who for Subject pronouns whereas Whom for Object pronouns. I applied the same concept here as in "committee" = the subject and "whomever" =the object.
Please let me know where am I wrong.

Regards
KI.

Which is better?

Definitely the second one.

Now put it in the whole sentence.
The committee was instructed to award the money to whomever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.
The committee was instructed to award the money to whoever it thought had contributed most to the advancement of the community.

I feel the OA was correct and answer should be B.
In the second clause whoever is actually the subject and not the object. Hence " whoever ".
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30 Aug 2017, 21:23
Hi sayantanc2k
I'm not able to figure out what's wrong with option C.
Could you please walk me through C?
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30 Aug 2017, 23:37
Listen ..whoever is used for when sentence require subject pronoun and whomever is used when sentence required object pronoun

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31 Aug 2017, 07:08
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Hi sayantanc2k
I'm not able to figure out what's wrong with option C.
Could you please walk me through C?

Here "whom" is NOT the object of "it thought", but the subject of "had contributed". Thus the correct form is "who", not "whom". Compare with the following:

The Earth, scientists think, was formed from the Sun... here "The Earth" is the subject for "was formed" and not the object for "scientists think".
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