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# The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young girl

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47. The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young girl and her family that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered.

A. that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered
B. that were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, though they were eventually discovered
C. whom a gentile Dutch couple hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered
D. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered
E. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands even though they were eventually discovered

I have a doubt about the above mentioned question.
"who" is supposed to be used when it forms a part of the subject while "whom" is supposed to be used when it forms the part of the object(or actually does not form a part of the subject).Could anyone please explain this??

I chose C because of the above reasons , however,if the concept does not find application in this case,i would definitely choose D.
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01 Feb 2010, 14:38
'Who' is used as part of an essential modifier to modify the girl and his family..
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09 Sep 2010, 23:01
A& B are out because that cannot refer to people.
E- is also out because it is wordy

Between who/ whom i would pick who in this case because 'who' refers to the Subject. In this case the subject is the young girl and her family. Also the second part of the sentence "but were eventually discovered" refers to the young girl and her family. In case of C by using whom we make the young girl and her family the object, thereby making the second part of the sentence to refer to the Dutch couple.

Hence IMO the OA is D.
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10 Sep 2010, 00:08
Isn't the main subject The Diary of Anne Frank?

And in the preposition (or is it a clause? I get confused), I thought the subject was "the Dutch couple" who "hid" (verb) "the girl and her family" (object)

I chose C.
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10 Sep 2010, 01:02
@NewSc2

The who/ whom refers to the young girl and her family. If you read the sentence it says ...." the young girl and her family who/whom were hidden... by the Dutch couple....but were eventually discovered." The who/ whom does not talk about the diary of anne frank. When I meant subject i was referring to the subject with reference to who/whom, not to the whole sentence as such.

Also if you read the complete sentence "but were eventually discovered" can only refer to the young girl and her family. It cannot refer to the Dutch couple which means the young girl and her family is the Subject and hence the "who".

I hope I am confusing you too much.
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12 Sep 2010, 08:59
these brutal SC ....
I pick D !!
1Know the difference between who and whom. They are both pronouns but who is used as the subject of a sentence or phrase and whom is used as the object of a verb. What follows is a quick way to determine which pronoun to use in a particular question.

Use whom when referring to the object of a verb.
To whom it may concern:
To whom did you talk today?
Whom does Sarah love?

3Use who when referring to the subject of a sentence or phrase.
Who brought the paper inside?
Who talked to you today?
Who went to dinner?

Ask yourself if the answer to the question would be he or him. If you can answer the question with him, then use whom. It's easy to remember because they both end with "m". If you can answer the question with he, then use who.
Example: A suitable answer to the question, "To [who or whom] did the prize go?" is, "It went to him." (Almost no one would say "It went to he.") The correct pronoun for the question is whom.
Example: A suitable answer to the question, "[Who or Whom] went to the store?" is, "He went to the store." (Almost no one would say "Him went to the store.") The correct pronoun for the question who.

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30 Dec 2012, 04:17
A – “By an gentile couple” needs to be closer to “they were hidden”. Eliminate
B – Not parallel. Were hidden vs they were discovered. They has a ambiguous reference – family or couple? Eliminate
C – Not parallel.
D – Parallel. Clear. Keep
E – same as B
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