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Subject:Re: Who or Whom? From:Marie Clear <Mclear3000 -at- AOL -dot- COM> Date:Sat, 14 Feb 1998 18:11:49 EST
Here's an even easier answer (or at least a handy test):
Pretend the phrase containing "who" or "whom" is a question.
If the answer is "he," use "who."
If the answer is "him," use "whom."
W___ took the ball? He took the ball. (Use "Who.")
W___ did you give the ball to? To him. (Use "Whom.")
So tell me, tech writers, does this test work?
In a message dated 98-02-11 15:00:39 EST, you write:
<< From: Tammy Sudol
Can anyone give me the basic rules on when to use whom instead of who?
Who knows? It depends on the person to whom you are talking.
(One's the subject, one's the object.)
John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist