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    #1

    who or whom

    "Whom do you feel ashamed of?"

    or

    "Who do you feel ashamed of?"

    which one is correct? Just wondering if i should use the nominative or accusative case of the interrogative pronoun "who"...

    any tip?

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: who or whom

    Most would use the second, especially with the preposition at the end. The first is fine, though mostly confined to formal usage.

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    #3

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Most would use the second, especially with the preposition at the end. The first is fine, though mostly confined to formal usage.
    thank you, but the pronoun "who" seems not to be in the accusative case here, doesn't it? i would vote for the first one...

    anyway, its not a big deal, both will do well...


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    #4

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    thank you, but the pronoun "who" seems not to be in the accusative case here, doesn't it? i would vote for the first one...

    anyway, its not a big deal, both will do well...
    That makes no difference, Jirikoo. 'who' is by far much more commonly used. 'whom' is moribund, headed for extinction.

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    #5

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    thank you, but the pronoun "who" seems not to be in the accusative case here, doesn't it? i would vote for the first one...

    anyway, its not a big deal, both will do well...
    It's not a simple matter of nominative or accusative in English, but is affected by style, register, taste, etc. 'Whom do you feel ashamed of?' belongs if formal writing and maybe a sombre speech, and I would not use it except in a very formal context, and possibly not even then. After a preposition, I do use it though.


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    #6

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Most would use the second, especially with the preposition at the end. The first is fine, though mostly confined to formal usage.
    Language mavens use the first one in both informal and formal registers.

    I know of one person who consistently makes the distinction between "who" and "whom" in conversation. However, I don't think this person is a "language maven".

    Language mavens - mmm ... There aren't many of them.

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