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    Question the difference between WHO and WHOM

    Hi, teacher i would like,know what is the difference between WHO and WHOM, were should i use them.

    thank you.


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    Re: the difference between WHO and WHOM

    WHO:
    1.what person or persons?: Who did it?
    2.(of a person) of what character, origin, position, importance, etc.: Who does she think she is?
    3.the person that or any person that (used relatively to represent a specified or implied antecedent): It was who you thought.
    4.(used relatively in restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses to represent a specified antecedent, the antecedent being a person or sometimes an animal or personified thing): Any kid who wants to can learn to swim.
    5.Archaic. the person or persons who.

    WHOM:
    1.the objective case of who: Whom did you call? Of whom are you speaking? With whom did you stay?
    2.the dative case of who: You gave whom the book?

    (taken from dictionary.com)

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    Re: the difference between WHO and WHOM

    Quote Originally Posted by Roukaya View Post
    Hi, teacher i would like,know what is the difference between WHO and WHOM, were should i use them.

    thank you.
    Hi,
    You'll probably never need "whom" in Australia, at least in speech or informal writing. It's OK for formal writing.
    The only place it's still commonly used here is after a preposition: to whom, with whom. "To whom did you give the book". But even this is uncommon. Most people would say "Who did you give the book to?"
    I've never heard anyone say "You gave whom the book?"
    But the answer about usage would depend on who(m) you ask.

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    Re: the difference between WHO and WHOM

    Thank you folks.


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    Re: the difference between WHO and WHOM

    who for subject, whom for object


    1.

    I don't like the man who lives next door

    the man is doing something - he is liviing next door

    he is the subject of a clause, so you say who

    2.

    This is Mr Perkins, whom you met at my party last week.

    Mr Perkins is not doing anything in this sentence - the subject is 'you' because 'you' are the one who 'met' - you did the action. Mr Perkins is the object of the clause, so you say whom.

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    Re: the difference between WHO and WHOM

    Quote Originally Posted by the concierge View Post
    who for subject, whom for object


    1.

    I don't like the man who lives next door

    the man is doing something - he is liviing next door

    he is the subject of a clause, so you say who

    2.

    This is Mr Perkins, whom you met at my party last week.

    Mr Perkins is not doing anything in this sentence - the subject is 'you' because 'you' are the one who 'met' - you did the action. Mr Perkins is the object of the clause, so you say whom.
    What about this one?

    Ex: Max is the one ______I gave the address to.

    a. whom
    b. who
    c. which
    d. that


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