Who vs. whom
Does anyone have any quick and easy ways to review the use of who and whom with high school students?
'Whom' is thankfully disappearing from the English language but for the hopefully few remaining years of its existence, you can teach your students this simple rule:
If the answer to the question uses "he", use "who" in the question.
Q: Who gave you that present?
A: John (he) gave me that present.
Q: Whom is that present for?
A: That present is for John (him).
Of course, more than 90% of native speakers would use who, not whom, in the second conversation but those are the grammar rules. I look forward to the day when 'whom' goes the way of 'thee' and 'thou'.
|link||answered Jan 04 '13 at 16:44 Shawn Mooney Expert|
Firstly, I accept my mistake .Secondly, whom is not used for possessive. Therefore, I would like to explain about relative clause with examples.
Who - Person doing the action.
Example: The girl who won the lottery was on T.V.
Whom - Person receiving the action
Example: The teacher whom I spoke to didn’t like me.
Whose - Possessive
Example: James Cameron, Whose movies are popular, is a great action director.
Which & that - Used for things
Example: The movie which I saw last weekend was excellent.
Example: The car that I bought is red.
If you need more information, I can share.
|link||answered Jan 05 '13 at 06:45 sarasbabu New member|
here is a fun link, whether you already understand the distinction between "who" and "whom" or not! after starting the e-lesson, the topic is discussed on page 5, but I would start from the beginning: www.linguicon.com/schools/students/grammar/grammar-2-050/
|link comment||answered Jan 10 '13 at 19:43 esteban jonatan New member|
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