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    who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Hello,
    I have a problem with the relative pronouns "who and whom"
    Once, our teacher told us that we can use "whom" instead of "who" but we can not use "who" instead of "whom"
    Is she right?

    I mean:

    The person who phoned me last night is my teacher. (Can we also put "whom" instead of "who"?)

    The person whom I phoned last night is my teacher. (Can we also put "who" instead of "whom"?)

    Thanks

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Have you looked at previous threads on who/whom? This topic has been covered ad nauseam on many different forums and in many different articles. Have a look here and try to answer your own questions.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 31-Dec-2013 at 15:17. Reason: typo
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Have you looked at previous threads on who/whom? This topic has been covered ad nauseum on many different forums and in many different articles. Have a look here and try to answer your own questions.
    ِDear Chicken thanks for answering but we nonnative English speakers usually expect to get the immediate or first response first from native English speakers. Because we may sometimes be in hurry and look for an immediate response. I appreciate your response.
    My best wishes to you.

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Hello.

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    I know exactly that your sentences are correct.

    Also I'm sure you can't replace "who" with "whom" in the first one.
    but I'm not sure about the second sentence. I heard many times when people said so.

    P.S I'd replace "is" with "was"

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    ِDear Chicken thanks for answering but we nonnative English speakers usually expect to get the immediate or first response first from native English speakers. Because we may sometimes be in hurry and look for an immediate response. I appreciate your response.
    My best wishes to you.
    My advice to you is:
    1. Don't be in a hurry and look for an immediate response. We are not at your beck and call.
    2. Take Chicken Sandwich's advice. Look at the link he kindly provided for you and do some work for yourself.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Dec-2013 at 18:50.

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    I know exactly that your sentences are correct.

    Also I'm sure you can't replace "who" with "whom" in the first one.
    but I'm not sure about the second sentence. I heard many times when people said so.

    P.S I'd replace "is" with "was"

    Boris.
    I would not replace "is" with "was" if the person is still his teacher. "Was" suggests that the person used to be his teacher.

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We are not at your beck and call.
    Sure you are not.
    Ok, thanks for the advice.

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    #8

    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    The person who phoned me last night is my teacher. (Can we also put "whom" instead of "who"?) No

    The person whom I phoned last night is my teacher. (Can we also put "who" instead of "whom"?)
    Yes

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    Re: who / whom (when are these interchangeable?)

    In some cases are interchangeable in other not. But if you are not sure, it is better to use who. A very good explanation is here on Grammar Monster site.

    I am not a teacher.

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