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    Smile who/whom

    "Tell whoever is waiting to come in."
    "Tell whomever is waiting to come in."
    Which one is correct and why?

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    Default Re: who/whom

    What do you reckon?

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    Default Re: who/whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What do you reckon?
    This is a question from a book. I thought it's "whomever", because if you "tell" somebody, then the word after "tell" should be an objective right? but the answer was "whoever"! The book didn't offer any explanation...so I want to know why

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    Default Re: who/whom

    It's the subject of the embedded clause, with the verb "is waiting."

    Whoever is waiting.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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