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clever MNers: please help me explain 'who' or 'whom' to ds

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curtaincall Thu 21-Jul-11 17:07:51

He just asked me to explain the difference. Started to give him examples but can't explain the syntax. Told him I'd look it up ...

RunAwayHome Thu 21-Jul-11 17:23:30

If you'd say "he", use "who". If you'd say "him", use "whom".

He wanted to go to the shop. Who wanted to go to the shop?

I gave the book to him? To whom did you give the book? (Whom did you give the book to?)

In grammar terms, if it's the subject of the sentence, use "who", and if it's the object of the verb, use "whom".

curtaincall Thu 21-Jul-11 19:51:20

Thanks for that. Hope that answer will do. I found myself using examples too but the definition is useful.

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