Who vs. Whom

I have some more grammar tips for you today!  After reading this, you will have no excuse for mixing up who vs. whom in your writing.  We rarely hear whom used in speech today (aside from when you call your grandmother) so it’s difficult to know exactly when to use it in a written sentence.

Whom is used when referring to the object of a sentence.  An easy way to see if whom should be used in a sentence is to simply substitute the word “him” for “whom.”  Does the sentence make sense or would “he” be more appropriate?  If you think “he” works better with the sentence then “who” should be used.

For example, “Who is outside?”

He is outside. Or Him is outside.

In this case “he” works better so the sentence is correct.

Who/Whom wrote the news release?

He wrote the news release. Here “who” is the right choice.

Who/Whom should I call?

Should I call him? Here we should use “whom.”

We all want to know who/whom won the lottery.

This sentence contains two clauses.  We are only interested in the second clause because it contains the “who/whom.”  He won the lottery. Therefore, “who” is correct in this sentence.

When using less colloquial dialogue, you’ll now be one step ahead of the game.

Here’s a nifty little site I wanted to share that expands on all the common errors within the English language, including “who vs. whom.”  At times these similarities can make things tricky, so make sure to proofread carefully and refer to an AP Style book when necessary.

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