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    #1

    who or whom

    Which one is correct? and why?

    1) I never know who they're trying to fool.
    2) I never know to whom they're trying to fool.
    3) I never know whom they're trying to fool.

    Thanks for your explanation...:))

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    #2

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Which one is correct? and why?

    1) I never know who they're trying to fool.
    2) I never know to whom they're trying to fool.
    3) I never know whom they're trying to fool.

    Thanks for your explanation...:))

    # 1 and 3 are correct.

    "Whom" is considered to be archaic and not used commonly now a days though it is correct.


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    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Which one is correct? and why?

    1) I never know who they're trying to fool.
    2) I never know to whom they're trying to fool.
    3) I never know whom they're trying to fool.

    Thanks for your explanation...:))
    Only the third one is correct.objective case of 'who' will be used because we need an object of the verb 'fool'. Subject (they) is already there

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    #4

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    How can both be correct when they are different? "Whom" is still alive in the US and is still being taught.
    The fact is that they are both correct and "who" is much more widely used than "whom".

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    #5

    Re: who or whom

    The fact that one is more widely used than the other does not make it correct. "Whom" is the correct form in this case.

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    #6

    Re: who or whom

    For the benefit of students of the language who by now must be completely baffled, let's compromise and say that 'whom' is correct, but that they will hear 'who' more often from native speakers who don't know or don't care about the difference.

    Rover

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    #7

    Re: who or whom

    I agree with Rover.

    Yes, "whom" is still alive, but it usually shows up only immediately after a preposition.

    Many people will consider "whom" in the original sentence "hyper-correct" even though it is quite correct.

    The version with "who" is more natural to most ears and more used than the version with whom.
    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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    #8

    Re: who or whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    How can both be correct when they are different? "Whom" is still alive in the US and is still being taught.
    Hi Gill,

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-whom-who.html

    A similar kind of discussion that happened before. Please refer to the above thread.

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