Who vs. whom


Does anyone have any quick and easy ways to review the use of who and whom with high school students?

asked Jan 04 '13 at 14:05 Jackie Pickett New member

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Question words are used in place of some Information given in the sentence. Who is used in place of subject.Whom is used in place of object (direct object).

link comment answered Jan 04 '13 at 16:06 Rahul Gupta Expert

Hi Jackie,


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

It must be, I admit my mistake.

sanjayJan 05 '13 at 15:21

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1. who used to specify people.



The teacher, who failed my friend, met with an accident.


2. Whom used to specify people (possessive)



The girl whom i am loving went to study in Australia for the past one year.

link answered Jan 05 '13 at 04:35 sarasbabu New member

I must be capital.

sanjayJan 05 '13 at 15:25

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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 19:43 esteban jonatan New member

The apparent decline of "whom" is directly linked to the demise in public schools of teaching sentence diagraming .  If you understand and use diagrams, even in your head, you know you can't use "who" as an object in a sentence or clause.  But teaching sentence diagraming would be a terrible burden on public school teachers.

link comment answered May 02 at 15:27 Richard Feeney New member

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