How do you use WHOM?
Ok, so I asked a question about whom before because I thought it was just super old English and someone said that it is still used. So I need to know when to use who and when to use whom because if I use it, I want to use it right. Oh, by the way this is for written sentences, not for speaking. There is no way that I am going to say whom around my friends, they would laugh me off the planet. But, I do want to use it in a book that I want to publish so I can sound professional.
Who and whom are both pronouns and basically mean the same thing. Unfortunatly, most English speakers don't know that difference. I had to go out of my way to find a website that explained it to me. As confusing as it was, I found a trick to use for it...
Both words are used to ask questions, generally. (Who is she? Who stepped on me? etc.) When you're not sure with one to use, ask the question to yourself and answer it. If the answer has 'he' or 'she' in it, you use who. If it has 'him' or 'her' in it, you use whom.
a: Who stepped on me?
b: He stepped on me.
I used 'he' in the answer, meaning the word 'who' would be used.
a: Who did I see?
b: I saw him.
I used 'him' this time, so the correct question would be: 'Whom did I see?'
It's easier to remember than it sounds at first. 'Him' and 'Whom' both have an 'm' at the end, so they go together, leaving 'Who' with 'He'.
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