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Zurwyn
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 1:23:17 PM
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I've always wondered: When do I use "who" and when do I use "whom"?
ahmetwrt
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 6:25:39 PM
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Generally speaking, "who" is a subject and "whom" is an object. But "who" is often used instead of "whom".

Who is it? --Jack (S)
Who said that? ---Alice/She did(S)
The man who has a hat is my father. ---The man with a hat/(He) is my father(S)


Who(m) are you talking about? --About Harry/him(O)
Who(m) did you buy it for? ---for James/him (O)
He is the man whom/who/that/- everyone admires. ---(O)

but

For whom (not who after the preposition) did you buy it? --For James/him (O)



thar
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 7:35:58 PM

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correct about who subject, whom for object (direct, indirect)

but if you need to check, think of it this way -
if you could use he, it becomes who
if you would use him, it becomes whom.

that man, [he] is there
that man, who is there

that man, [I saw him]
that man, whom I saw

the same for all the instances above. If it takes 'him' it is the object and the pronoun becomes whom.

this one is hard to learn from native writings, and certainly from normal native speech, because who is often used for whom in colloquial English.

(the same works for the possessive - whose for his)
that man, I took his coat
that man, whose coat I took.
wisdom
Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 2:53:24 AM
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Yea, you're right about your knowledge of "WHO" and "WHOM".
In every sentence, we are to identify both the subject and the object.
"WHO" is mostly is used for the subjects and "WHOM" for the objects.
Example: "'WHO' HAS CALLED YOU, AND TO 'WHOM' HAVE YOU COME''.
1. "WHO" is used in the first phrase because it stands in the place of the subject. It could be ''WISDOM HAS CALLED YOU'', whereas "WISDOM" would be the subject.
2. "WHOM" is used in the second phrase because it is for objects and it takes the place of objects. It could also be "to WISDOM have you come". "YOU" is the subject and "WISDOM" is the object in the second phrase of the sentence. Thankyou.
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