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    Lightbulb Very Specific "Who vs. Whom" Question

    Hi all,

    I have a very specific question on the "who vs. whom" issue.

    Now, I know that you use "who" when you're referring to the subject of a sentence, and "whom" for the object. But what about in a sentence like this:

    We give thanks to our business associates (who/whom) we value so highly.

    I was thinking "whom," because I see the "business associates" as the object. But could it be considered a second subject when the second part of the sentence is separated from the first by the preposition "to?" In that case, I guess the "thanks" would be the object and the "business associates" would be a second subject.

    If anyone could help me out with this, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Very Specific "Who vs. Whom" Question

    Welcome to the forums, gsm.

    'Whom' is correct.

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    Default Re: Very Specific "Who vs. Whom" Question

    Quote Originally Posted by gsm11186 View Post
    We give thanks to our business associates (who/whom) we value so highly.

    I was thinking "whom," because I see the "business associates" as the object. But could it be considered a second subject when the second part of the sentence is separated from the first by the preposition "to?" In that case, I guess the "thanks" would be the object and the "business associates" would be a second subject.
    Thanks is the direct object of the verb give. Whom is the direct object of the verb value; business associates is the object of the preposition to.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Very Specific "Who vs. Whom" Question

    Got it. That makes sense - thank you very much for the clarification and the welcome.

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    Default Re: Very Specific "Who vs. Whom" Question

    However, many would use who. The distinction between the forms is blurring.

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