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    piggy386 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Who or Whom?

    That person was the maid who Tobus thought she went back to hometown.

    Any suggestion on how to rearrange the sentence or should I use who or whom?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Who or Whom?

    That person was the maid who Tobus thought went back to her home town.

    You should get rid of 'she'. I wouldn't use 'whom' here because it is the subject of 'went', IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    That person was the maid who Tobus thought went back to her home town.

    You should get rid of 'she'. I wouldn't use 'whom' here because it is the subject of 'went', IMO.
    Thanks. So, "went" is the subject in the above sentence. And this literally will mean "She"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by piggy386
    Thanks. So, "went" is the subject in the above sentence. And this literally will mean "She"?
    Yes, that's correct.
    Here's a way to tell:

    He thought she went back to her hometown.
    He thought who went back to her hometown? ('who" is the subject of 'went')

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    Default Re: Who or Whom?

    I have a suggestion (or two). Try:

    It was the maid who Tobus thought went back to her hometown.
    Even better:
    Tobus thought the maid went back to her hometown.

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