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Grammar Check: Who Vs. Whom


–Used when speaking about “he” or “she.”

1. He said he would do it. (Who will do it?)
2. She found the remote. (Who found the remote?)


–Used when speaking about “him” or “her.”

1. I told her to vacuum the living room. (Whom did you tell to vacuum the living room?)
2. Should I tell him? (Whom should I tell?)

“Who” and “whom” was always something I got confused with. I don’t think I’ve never used the word “whom” in my life because of it. Everything was “who” for me because I deemed that to be the right way all the time.

Of course now I have no excuses not to use these words the right way. And neither do you.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

21 thoughts on “Grammar Check: Who Vs. Whom

  1. Whom shall I share all this knowledge with? Who has heard your call for grammatical knowledge.

    A good topic. I used to struggle too and sometimes still completely forgo using either who or whom and change the sentence completely haha.

  2. Even though I feel like it’s okay to be technically incorrect at times, I enjoy reading about correct usages, especially for words such as “who” and “whom.”

    Recently, while I was reading through a student’s essay (I’m a writing tutor, by the way), my Spidey Sense began tingling when she used the word “photoshopped.” I looked it up to see if it was correct and discovered, from the Photoshop site itself, that it’s incorrect to use “photoshop” as a verb since it’s the trademark for a product one can use, not an action. So I suggested the student reword her sentence to read that Photoshop was used, not that something was photoshopped. Interesting, the things we pick up along the way. 😉

    1. You know, that makes sense. I say “photoshopped” all the time. But that’s a good point. It’s just another “slang” word I guess. 🙂

      1. Yeah, just something that’s out there, correct or not. 🙂

        Oh, something I just thought of that I think pertains to your post about the correct usage of words is a Penny Arcade comic about a game called The Witcher. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the game, but the comic does a good job of showing a discussion over the correct use of the word. Here it is:

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