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  1. bmfo
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    Whomever should need it

    After death, the spirit of each female Belnades was allowed to endure and give protection to whomever should need it.

    Isn't this have to be 'Whoever should need it,' because the object of the verb Need is It not Whoever.

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    Last edited by bmfo; 08-Jan-2015 at 09:28.

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    Re: Whomever should need it

    Yes. It should be "whoever".

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    Re: Whomever should need it

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I have noticed that many native speakers make this mistake.

    I assume that they are trying to speak / write "good" English, so they say to themselves: "To is a preposition, so I have to use the object form. Furthermore, whomever sounds more elegant than whoever."

    Unfortunately, the writer of that sentence forgot that "whoever" is needed because it is the subject of "should need."

    Compare: "Give it to whomever you want." ("Whomever" is the object of "want.")

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    Re: Whomever should need it

    I am not a teacher.

    Or, if you want to write in a more formal register, you can use whosoever and whomsoever.

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