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which of the preposition is correct in the following sentence?
Mr Johnson is the one who/whom was chosen to be the chairman of the company.
I am having difficulty differentiating objective from subjective
thank you for your answer. Can you please give me with the objective and subjective modes ? I realize the understanding of those principles have an impact on how to use who and whom. Thank you.
I would guess that the vast majority of native speakers never use the word "whom," unless they are reciting some set phrase (like "for whom the bell tolls") or being deliberately formal.
If you want to speak like a native, forget the word exists.
That said, if the word you are looking for is the actor of a verb, then it is the subject. Use "who" like you would use "he" or "I."
Who wants some ice cream? I want some ice cream.
If the word is the thing being acted upon by a verb, or the object of a preposition, then it is an object. Use "whom" like you would "him" or "me."
Give the ball to me. To whom should I give the ball?
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May this non-teacher commend you for wanting to know the difference between "who" and "whom."
I hope that you will continue to study the difference until you are able to use those two words -- especially in
I think that I am able to use it correctly most (not all) of the time.
It is only my opinion that knowing the difference will add to your self-confidence in using the language and that many
readers will respect you for showing that you know the difference.
Obviously, in a post it is impossible to discuss such a difficult topic.
May I just leave you with three points?
1. If it is the subject, you must use it:
a. I am pretty sure that I know the name of the candidate who will win the election on November 6.
i. Obviously, you could not say: I am pretty sure that I know the name of the candidate will win ....
2. If it is the object, then you can omit it sometimes.
a. I know the name of the girl whom you love.
i. You could say: I know the name of the girl you love.
3. But if it is the object of a preposition, you cannot omit it:
a. Whom do you live with? With whom do you live? (That is: You do live with whom.)
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I think the only time whom is required nowadays is after a preposition - to whom it may concern. The rest of the time, it's optional. I use it in formal language and rarely elsewhere.
Mr Johnson is the one who was chosen to be the chairman of the company.
I prefer who instead whom.
who and whom are both refer to people.
who refers to the subject, whereas whom refers to the object.