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    Doubt in usage

    Please explain the use of who/whom.
    For e.g.

    1.Who/Whom do you think should win the player of the year award?
    2.Who/Whom do you want to talk to?

    Please let me know if these can be used interchangeably in this context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Please explain the use of who/whom.
    For e.g.

    1.Who /Whom do you think should win the player of the year award?
    2.Who /Whom do you want to talk to?

    Please let me know if these can be used interchangeably in this context.

    Regards


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    Re: Doubt in usage

    Can you please explain to me, why Who?

    Please also let me know when we use whom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamlesh1joshi View Post
    Can you please explain to me, why Who?

    Please also let me know when we use whom.
    In your first interrogative sentence who acts as the subject, so you can't use whom, which is always the object form of who:

    Who (do you think) should win...?
    David Beckham/He should win...

    In your second interrogative sentence who = whom, but who is a far better choice for simple reason - we use who (instead of whom) at the beginning of a question where who is the object of a preposition which is usually put at the end of a sentence; if you put the preposition in front of who, then it's only whom that can be used in such instance:

    Who do you want to talk to?
    or
    To whom do you want to talk?

    However, if who is the object of a verb, then you can use either at the beginning:

    Who/Whom shall I call?

    The difference is that the use of whom is more formal.



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    Re: Doubt in usage

    Very good.

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