I came across the sentece below while I was reading a book about some paramedical field. The book was written by a Canadian author who holds a Ph.D. Grammatically speaking, the relative pronoun in the middle of the sentence should be "who" instead of "whom." This sentence is rather complex, so I guess the structure that there is no word that can be regarded as an object of "believed" at a glance gives a good ground to use the objective form of "who" in this sentence. However, is it common for native English speakers to use this type of structure?
"They selected individuals whom they believed would accept this role willingly."
Thank you, MikeNewYork. Strictly speaking, I know "who" is correct. However, I'm wondering whether this kind of use of "whom" is an accepted mistake among native English speakers or not. The sentence I quoted was written by a native English speaker and she is well educated.
Last edited by MikeNewYork; 29-Jan-2014 at 02:27. Reason: typo