Whom

When do you use 'whom'?


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Eden Darien

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" This is the girl whom i met last night"

is the usage of ( whom ) in the above sentence is correct..?

thanks :)

Yes, It's correct!
Now try to distinguish between subject and object of a sentence. If you (yourself or someone is an object) you can use 'whom' after it...

Let's say.
To whom do you (subject) wish to speak?

I (subject) want to speak with a man (object) whom I met yesterday.
 

Eiri

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Neverrrrr. That word makes me sound so uptight and formal.
 

Arabi

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i use it just for writing scientific papers and my thesis .. :-D
 

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after a preposition
 

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If the defined noun is in the object position of relative clause, I always use "whom" instead of "who". However, if the is another "whom", I don't know where we use it.
 

karimk

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hi

plz i want to the when it used ( whom )
somone give me exemple

thank you
i look forward
:oops:
 

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Hi, it's my first time here

actually I didn't get the point .. could you give more illustration ? examples?
 

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I need some examples too!

I (subject) want to speak with a man (object) whom I met yesterday.

I would probably use "who" istead of "whom" at above sentence!

So is this wrong? --> "I want to speak with a man who I met yesterday!"
 

Tdol

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I need some examples too!

I (subject) want to speak with a man (object) whom I met yesterday.

I would probably use "who" istead of "whom" at above sentence!

So is this wrong? --> "I want to speak with a man who I met yesterday!"

It's fine and what many native speakers would say, though man I met and man that I met are also used. The traditional subject/object rule for who/whom is fine if you want to use it, but most native speakers do not. In very formal language, you might want to use whom. About the only time I would say you have to use whom is directly after a preposition- To whom it may concern, etc.
 
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