Who & Whom

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What is the difference between WHO & WHOM?  When do I use which where?  If I wanted to make a sign that said, "To whoever planted the flowers,".   Is it WHO or WHOM? What's the diff?

asked Jul 22 '11 at 16:01 Priscilla Nolan New member

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The word 'who' is the subject case, and the word 'whom' is the object case.

 

You should use 'who' when it is the subject of a sentence.

 

Who made the cake?

 

Whoever made the cake is an angel!

 

You should use 'whom' when it is the object of a sentence.

 

The documents were given to whom?

 

Pick whomever you like to help with the project. ('whomever' is the object of the verb 'pick'.)

link comment answered Jul 24 '11 at 01:35 Kimberly Expert
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Just to clarify, the example "Pick whomever you like" above is correct, but "whomever" is the object of "you like."  The entire clause "whomever you like" is the object of "pick." 

 

If the clause were "whoever runs the fastest," the sentence would read "Pick whoever runs the fastest to help with the project."

link comment answered Mar 19 '12 at 17:58 M Teplitz New member
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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 19:49 esteban jonatan New member

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