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    Whoever and Whomever (again)

    "However, he said he would not be intimidated out of his home by whoever was behind the attacks."
    This is from the BBC no less.
    BBC News - DUP councillor George Duddy's home targeted in second graffiti threat

    I would have said that "whomever" was correct in the above sentence.

    The reason I would choose "whomever" is akin to the rules for using who/whom, and it being correct to use who where it is a substitute for I, you, he, she etc and whom as a substitute for me, you, him, her etc.

    Any views?

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    Re: Whoever and Whomever (again)

    See the first of the "Similar Threads" below for clarification.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Whoever and Whomever (again)

    I would use whoever. Here, it does come after a preposition, but it is subject of was, which is the reason for my choice, but to be honest I very rarely use whomever.

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    Re: Whoever and Whomever (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    "However, he said he would not be intimidated out of his home by whoever was behind the attacks."
    This is from the BBC no less.
    BBC News - DUP councillor George Duddy's home targeted in second graffiti threat

    I would have said that "whomever" was correct in the above sentence.

    The reason I would choose "whomever" is akin to the rules for using who/whom, and it being correct to use who where it is a substitute for I, you, he, she etc and whom as a substitute for me, you, him, her etc.

    Any views?
    I agree with Tdol. When a who/whom word is the subject of clause, you need the nominative form, even if the clause is the object of a preposition. This is one of the most difficult aspects of who/whom usage.

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