Grammarly says I should use "whom" instead of "who". Should "My" be captilized?
His testimony discredits the outlook of those who insist, “I am who I am and cannot change” or “My circumstances are set in stone and cannot budge.”
I am not sure why these errors were indicated for you.
1.) 'Who' is correct since it is in the subjective form - it is the subject of the verb 'insist'. the objective form 'whom' will only be used as the object of a verb or a preposition. In the case of an object of a verb, here is an example:
Use a relative pronoun as a conjunction [joining word for two or more clauses] in the following 2 simple sentences:
This is the man. I see him. In the second simple sentence, the object pronoun 'him' is used because it is the object of the verb 'see'. Now, join these two sentences by using a relative pronoun as a conjunction, and you get:
This is the man whom I see. The objective form 'whom' is used because that is the form that was used for it in the unjoined second simple sentence.
It is always a good idea, when you have uncertainties with the distinction between 'who' and 'whom' to 'unjoin' the two sentences, and see whether you would use a subjective or objective form.
As for the example 'I am who I am' - here you have a noun clause complement. This simply means that the first 'I am' is followed by more information about 'I'. The verb 'am' is a linking verb - this means it is not an action. You may follow such a linking verb with an adjective: I am sick. You may also follow it with a noun [word, phrase, or clause]: I am a doctor. I the case of your example you have a clause [group of words with a subject and an object] that functions as a noun. This complement is always in the subjective position [although in everyday speaking we often use the objective form]. This means that 'who' [subjective form] has to be used and not 'whom' [objective form].
2.) I am not sure whether you start your sentence with "My circumstances". Of course, if you do, it should be capitalised because it starts a sentence. Your context will dictate.
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