Wordy Wednesday: Who vs. Whom

The question of whether to use “who” or “whom” in a sentence is easier to answer than you might think. These are the basic rules:

  • “Who” refers to the subject of a sentence. “Whom” refers to the object.
  • “Who” and “whom” work in the same way as “he” and “him.” You can work out which one to use by asking yourself the following:
  • “Who did that? He did” – “who” is correct. “Whom should I call? Call him” – “whom” is correct.
  • “That” is often used incorrectly in place of “who” or “whom.” Never use “that” in reference to a person.

Incorrect:

  • Who should I ask for help?
  • Whom helped you?
  • He was the only person that wanted to help.

Correct:

  • Whom should I ask for help?
  • Who helped you?
  • He was the only person who wanted to help.

 

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