Who vs. Whom

English Grammar 23 May 2010 | 2 Comments

Who and whom are 2 words that many native English speakers confuse. Where I live it doesn’t matter if you say ‘whom’ when you are supposed to say it. People of all backgrounds use ‘who’ many (if not all) of the times when you should use ‘whom’. But, it is still useful to know when you should use which one. Also, in some other areas of the US and in other English speaking countries, it may be more important to use the correct word.

Do you know when to use Who and when to use Whom? Here are some hints for you!

Who is used as the subject of the sentence. If you can substitute ‘he’ into the sentence and it is correct, then ‘who’ is correct.

Who/whom called me? You can substitute he in this example, He called me. So, the correct answer is Who called me?

Whomis used as the object of the sentence. If you can substitute ‘him’ into a sentence and it is correct, then ‘whom’ is correct.

This is the man whom you saw last night. You can substitute him here, and say: You saw him last night.

Quiz:

1. Whom/Who are you going to visit?
2. Whom/Who is in the bathroom?
3. Whom/Who did she marry?
4. I don’t care whom/who you talk to.

Answers:

1. Whom – object (I’m going to visit him.)
2. Who – subject (He is going to the bathroom.)
3. Whom – object (She married him.)
4. Whom – object of an indirect question (I don’t care if you talk to him.)

2 Responses on “Who vs. Whom”

  1. Ellie says:

    I often use ‘who’ like this, “Who did you travel with? ”
    I don’t see the sentences including ‘whom’ very often and rarely have a chance to use it since I learned it in school, so I almost forgot the word whom. 🙂
    Let me practice here a little. 😉

    Who is the man who told you that I’m more beautiful than the roses?
    The teacher whom we depend on is Yvonne.

  2. Yvonne says:

    Good job! I like the creativity in your sentences!

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