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    Jen, whom Mrs Smith adopted

    I’m having trouble connecting below two sentences with the relative pronoun ‘whom’. I can’t decide if “Jen” or “Mrs Smith” is the human object in joining these two sentences with “whom”.

    Question:
    Jen is going to enrol in a humanitarian programme in June. Mrs Smith adopted her from Cambodia twenty years ago.


    The answer given: Jen, whom Mrs Smith adopted from Cambodia twenty years ago, is going to enrol in a humanitarian programme in June.


    Is there a technique to deriving the answer?

    Thank you for teaching me!

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    Re: Jen, whom Mrs Smith adopted

    Mrs Smith adopted Jen, so Jen is the object. Mind you, who would also work there for me.

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    Re: Jen, whom Mrs Smith adopted

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Mind you, who would also work there for me.
    And, I suspect, for most speakers of BrE today.

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    Re: Jen, whom Mrs Smith adopted

    "Who" works better than "whom" for me in that example.

    "Whom" would work in "Mrs Smith, by whom Jen was adopted ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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