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    Who or whom in this sentence?

    Ok I am not sure which is the more correct one:

    "I like the person who cleaned up the apartment."

    "I like the person whom cleaned up the apartment."

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    Ok I am not sure which is the more correct one:

    "I like the person who cleaned up the apartment."

    "I like the person whom cleaned up the apartment."
    Use "who".

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    Ok.

    Can I ask why? Do you not use whom when the element that you are referring back to is an object, or when the word whom itself is an object?

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    #4

    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You could use "whom" in "I have two older brothers whom I love very much."

    Do you see the difference?

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    "Who" is the subject of the verb "cleaned" in the phrase.

    Also, "whom" has fallen out of common use in most cases.

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    He cleaned up the apartment.
    He is the person who cleaned up the apartment.
    I like the person who cleaned up the apartment.

    All subjects.
    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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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    What about this one then:

    "Uh I am looking forward to hear whom you decided to vote for."

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    You voted for him.
    He is the man for whom you decided to vote.
    I am looking forward to hearing for whom you decided to vote.
    I am looking forward to hearing whom you decided to vote for.

    Whom is the object of the preposition "for."
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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You voted for him.
    He is the man for whom you decided to vote.
    I am looking forward to hearing for whom you decided to vote.
    I am looking forward to hearing whom you decided to vote for.

    Whom is the object of the preposition "for."
    Ok thanks a lot!

    One final question I wrote:

    "Uh I am looking forward to hear whom you decided to vote for."

    And you wrote:

    "I am looking forward to hearing whom you decided to vote for."

    So which wording is the best, or is it indifferent?

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    Re: Who or whom in this sentence?

    If you're asking about the "hear" versus "hearing" use the -ing form.
    I'm looking forward to meeting you in person.
    He's looking forward to seeing his grandmother.
    We're all looking forward to eating what smells like a delicious dinner.
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