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Grammar Check: Who Vs. Whom

Who

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

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

Whom

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

Example:
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:
        https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/10/25

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