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    who/whom difference?

    I recalled from a while back "who "is for non-focus on person's identity. and "whom" is focus on asking person's identity. anyone heard similar? and i recently casually looked into this online and got a bunch of other info that's not related to this at all that...

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    Re: who/whom difference?

    Please edit your post using correct capitalisation and punctuation.
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    Re: who/whom difference?

    Your native language is English? Do you have trouble deciding when to use "he" or "him"? It's the same thing.

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    Re: who/whom difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by newyear2012 View Post
    I recalled from a while back "who "is for non-focus on person's identity. and "whom" is focus on asking person's identity. anyone heard similar? and i recently casually looked into this online and got a bunch of other info that's not related to this at all that...
    The reason you got a "bunch of other info" is what you recall above is completely false. The who/whom question has absolutely nothing at all to do with anything you've mentioned about identity.
    Last edited by Skrej; 29-Jan-2016 at 22:13. Reason: typo
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    Re: who/whom difference?

    newyear2012, click here and read many other threads on this topic.

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    #6

    Re: who/whom difference?

    helpful if there actual response to the question instead digressing from topic. not to be rude but just answer the question with adequate substance.

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    Re: who/whom difference?

    If your question refers to the following, I would answer that I have never heard it before.
    Quote Originally Posted by newyear2012 View Post
    anyone heard similar?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: who/whom difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by newyear2012 View Post
    It would be helpful if there were actual responses to the question instead of digressing from topic. not I'm not trying to be rude but just answer the question with adequate substance.
    Starting a sentence with "not to be rude but ..." and then being rude is somewhat bizarre.

    This isn't a great start to your time on this forum, I'm afraid. As a native English speaker, you are expected to use correct written English at all times because learners will read your posts and assume they are correct. You were told in post #2 to edit your post to use correct punctuation and capitalisation. You didn't. I have had to make corrections to your post above too because you didn't write in complete sentences, omitting words.

    You have been told that "who/whom" has nothing to do with identity.

    Why don't you give us some example sentences in which you're having trouble deciding whether to use "who" or "whom" and we can see if we can give you some useful advice?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: who/whom difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by newyear2012 View Post
    I recalled from a while back "who "is for non-focus on person's identity. and "whom" is focus on asking person's identity. anyone heard similar?
    I haven't- traditionally, whom is used for the object case and who for the subject. Nowadays, many use who for both, and whom can mostly be found as the object of a preposition (To whom it may concern). I honestly have no idea what the person means about focus/non-focus, but it doesn't explain the difference and is wrong; if I ask Who told you that? I am clearly focusing on the identity of the person that gave you the information.

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