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    comma, whom/who?, object

    His only son, _____ I love so much, is a famous archeologist.

    The answer to the above question is whom. Is who also acceptable?
    Last edited by sitifan; 20-Jul-2015 at 04:02.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

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    "Whom" is grammatically correct. "Who" would be used and accepted by many speakers.

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    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    'Whom' is the objective case, 'who' is subjective, so technically only 'whom' is correct.

    But 'whom' is falling out of usage, so as Mike mentioned, you'll probably be more likely to hear 'who'.

    In fact, you'd probably get stranger looks for using the grammatically correct 'whom' than the incorrect 'who'.

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    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    If, like me, you thought sitifan had spelt archaeologist wrong, archeologist is actually OK, though much less common. Click here.

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    #5

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    "Whom" is probably still important on some examinations.

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    #6

    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Whom" is probably still important on some examinations.
    You may be right, but I hope you are not. My personal feeling is that an examination board that penalises somebody for saying/writing what ninety per cent of native speakers of British English say/write should be exterminated.

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    #7

    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    We have probably all had teachers who have fit that description.

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    #8

    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    I spend maybe 10 minutes on 'whom' with my most advanced students. I just tell them 'hey, here's some information about 'whom', it's not widely used, but you should be aware it exists. This is how it's used, here are some practice exercises, let me know if you have questions. Don't worry about trying to use it, because most native speakers don't."
    Last edited by Skrej; 21-Jul-2015 at 17:34. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: comma, whom/who?, object

    Change "exits" to "exists".

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