for whoever


should this be for whomever?

asked Apr 22 '12 at 14:24 paulette george New member

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It depends on the rest of the sentence.... "For whom the bell tolls."

link comment edited Apr 22 '12 at 15:41 Tony Proano Expert

Grammarians, specially the traditionals, tell to use whom in form of object.


In India I, as a child, was taught that "Whom" is loosing its place in Modern English and "who" is used in its place.


However Later, I read the word 'whom' in many of the books based on communicative approach.

link comment answered Apr 23 '12 at 08:58 Rahul Gupta Expert

Whom is the object of a preposition.  Who is the subject, the person doing the action. Examples of usage:  Who wrote the essay?  Who is the subject. Wrote is the verb.  Essay is the object.

             Whom shall I call?  I is the subject.  Call is the verb.  Whom is the object.  (I shall call whom?)To whom is the party to which I am speaking?  I(subject is doing the action.) (Whom is the person, or thing, being acted upon, or receiving the action)  I am speaking to whom?  Is that confusing enough? 

              Whom is a stuffy sounding word.  Generally, people don't use it in speech.  If you are writing dialogue, I would suggest using Who, instead of Whom.  Hope this is helpful. 

link comment answered Apr 24 '12 at 05:38 Kevin Knott New member

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