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Who vs. Whom
When should you use "who" and when should you use "whom" in a sentence?
There is a simple trick to knowing the difference between who and whom. All you have to do is answer your question or restate the sentence using "he" or "him". This trick also works with whoever and whomever!
he = who/whoever
him = whom/whomever
Who is always used as the subject of the verb.
Examples of "whom"
- For whom did you vote?
I voted for him. Therefore, whom is correct.
- With whom do you sail?
I sail with him. Therefore, whom is correct.
- Whom should I ask about the discount?
You should ask him about the discount.
- You may go with whomever you choose.
I want to go with him.
Examples of "who"
- Who went to the circus?
He went to the circus. Therefore, who is correct.
- We all know who won the game for the team.
He won the game for the team, Therefore, who is correct.
- Corie knows who made the cake.
He made the cake. Therefore, who is correct.
- Whoever said that you couldn't dance?
He said that I couldn't dance.