What is The Difference Between Who And Whom ?


What is The Difference Between

Who And Whom


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Who & Whom

Whom is the objective form of Who  , 

which  was originally only a subjective 

pronoun .

compare 


A man was standing at the bar = who was standing at the bar

I saw a man at the bar = whom did you see at the bar 


the man who was standing at the bar is Better's 

sister 

the man whom i saw at the bar is Better's sister 


when we use whom :

whom can only be used in the object position 

after a preposition

whom is not always used in modern spoken 

English 


Even though it is common in written , especially 

formal language 


Note :

If the sentence is long or complicated , and it is not 

convenient to separate the preposition from the 

pronoun ; the preposition + whom structure may  

be used in spoken language , too

Examples : 


we had already know the man who became the 

head of the office

those who need more information should ask the 

guide ( subject position ) 

who did you see at the bar ( object position )

whom did you see at the bar ( very rare but 

possible )











 

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