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    When do you say whoever or whomever?

    When do you say whoever or whomever?

    Whoever wants the job can have it or Whomever wants the jobs can have it.

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    Re: When do you say whoever or whomever?

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post
    When do you say whoever or whomever?

    Whoever wants the job can have it Right.
    Whomever wants the jobs can have it.
    Wrong
    The easy way to remember is that whom and him end with m. They're in the m family of pronouns.

    We wouldn't say: "Him wants the job." So whomever is wrong.

    The m family:

    him
    her
    them
    it
    whom
    whomever

    ...versus:

    he
    she
    they
    it
    who
    whoever

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    Re: When do you say whoever or whomever?

    If the sentence is,
    John wants the job, (so let him have it.)
    you can see that John is the subject of the sentence (and 'job' is the object).
    Similarly, in your original sentence:
    Whoever wants the job can have it.
    'whoever' is the subject of the sentence.
    The subject of a sentence takes the nominative case, as in she, he, whoever
    and the object of a sentence takes the objective case, as in her,him, and whomever.
    Prepositions also take pronouns in the objective case, so 'whomever' would be correct in the sentence:
    I'll sing whatever I like to whomever I like.

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    Smile Re: When do you say whoever or whomever?

    Whomever is never directly followed by a verb. Knowing about this, you'll never be lost which one to choose.

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    Re: When do you say whoever or whomever?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Whomever is never directly followed by a verb. Knowing about this, you'll never be lost which one to choose.
    Elegant!

    It would be like:

    him knows.
    me study.
    them sleep.

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