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What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?



 
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What is the difference between "whom" and "who"? #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 23, 2006 13:41 pm   What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #79 "Pronouns: who, whose, whom, which", question 2

My husband, ......... I love, sent me flowers at work last night.

(a) who
(b) whom
(c) which
(d) whose

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #79 "Pronouns: who, whose, whom, which", answer 2

My husband, whom I love, sent me flowers at work last night.

Correct answer: (b) whom

Your answer was: correct
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Can I use "who" instead of "whom"?

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Who(m) #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 23, 2006 13:47 pm   Who(m)
 

Hi Patrick,

You need the object pronoun here - whom.

The sentence can be broken down into two:

My husband (subject) sent me (object) ...

I (subject) love my husband (object)

When you join the two sentences with a relative pronoun, you can see that you need whom:

My husband, whom I love, sent ....

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Who and whom #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 23, 2006 21:21 pm   Who and whom
 

Hi

Here's a way to help you how to tell the difference between "who" and "whom".

Quote:
My husband, whom I love, sent me flowers at work last night.

Let's break the sentence into two. (Sound familiar?)

I love my husband. My husband sent me flowers at work last night.

Who do I love? I love my husband. (I love him.)
Husband is object.

Who sent me flowers? My husband sent me flowers. (He sent me flowers.)

My husband is subject

Now putting the two sentences together again:

My husband, whom I love (I love my husband) , sent me flowers...

Basically, if you can substitute the noun (in that case: "my husband") for he/she or they. You got yourself a subject therefore the proper one to use is who.
On the other hand, if you can substitute the noun for him/her or them you got yourself an object. So the proper one to use would be whom.
Look at this sentence again: I love my husband. If you were to replace "my husband" for a pronoun. what would it be?
I love he? or I love him?

If it's him then it's object, therefore you use "whom".
Hope this helps
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What is the difference between "whom" and "who"? #4 (permalink) Wed Oct 01, 2008 22:52 pm   What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
 

Very good explanation Caroline. Thanksss :)
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What is the difference between "whom" and "who"? #5 (permalink) Thu Dec 18, 2008 21:14 pm   What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
 

YOU ARE BRILLIANT !!
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Who vs whom: That young man 'whom' we owe many thanks saved our mom's life... #6 (permalink) Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:56 am   Who vs whom: That young man 'whom' we owe many thanks saved our mom's life...
 

I have friends 'who' love me so much that they threw a surprise birthday party for me last night

That young man 'whom' we owe many thanks saved our mom's life after the car accident
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What is the difference between "whom" and "who"? #7 (permalink) Wed Jun 05, 2013 17:25 pm   What is the difference between "whom" and "who"?
 

I have an example which say that if the relative pronoun who is an direct object I can use whom or who.

My sentence from the Google:
. The boy who(m) you saw yesterday is my brother.

Is it a good sentence? Or use of whom is obligatory?

Regards.[/b]
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