who v. whom


When is it correct to use the word whom instead of who?

See example:

Our engineers have extensive experience in the construction and operation of call centers.
asked May 28 '13 at 17:53 Fay Brown New member

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I cut and pasted this reply from when I answered a similar question a few days ago. However, I noticed their is neither a WHO nor a WHOM in your example, nor any plave one of them should go.




 The short and simple key to knowing if you should use Who or Whom lies in the answer to the question being asked.


WHO did it? HE did. (Use WHO when the answer is HE, or SHE, or THEY)

For WHOM does the bell toll? It tolls for HIM. (Use WHOM when the answer is HIM, or HER, or THEM).

Notice that HIM ends in an M, as does WHOM. HE does not end in an M, neither does WHO. Keep this simple, but not absolute, rule in mind when trying to figure out WHO or WHOM.

link answered May 28 '13 at 19:57 Tony Proano Expert

Good explanation, Tony.

Lewis NeidhardtMay 29 '13 at 21:20

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The difference between 'who' and 'whom' is the difference between subject and object. This distinction may be fading in everyday usage, but it remains a valid distinction. Example - This is the man. I spoke to him. Now, let's use a rative pronoun as a conjunction. Firstly, it is clear that we need to replace 'him' (object of the preposition 'to') with its equivalent relative pronoun. Since 'him' is an object, the relative pronoun also needs to be an object. Hence - This is the man to WHOM I spoke. However - This is the man. He spoke to me. In this example, we need to replace 'he' (subject of 'spoke') with its equivalent (subject) relative pronoun. Thus - This is the man WHO spoke with me.

link comment answered May 31 '13 at 03:12 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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