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Save the Whoms

Did y’all know “whom” is still a word? It’s right here on page 1430 of my Webster’s. I’d like to ask all y’all reading this to help me start a grassroots campaign to bring back “whom”! Save the whoms

Not sure when or how to use it? It’s pretty easy: When you’re writing a question, and you can’t decide if it should be “who” or “whom,” just answer the question! Your answer will point you in the right direction.

Q: Who/Whom do you love? A: I love him.

You wouldn’t say, “I love he,” right? “Him” goes with “whom” and there’s the answer to your dilemma! From now on, every time you hear that song by The Doors, do me proud and sing over Jim Morrison with a loud “Whom do you love?”

Bonus TGB Content:
Pronouns that go with “who” (nominative case): I, you, he, she, we, they
If it’s the subject of the sentence—the person doing the action—use “who”!

Pronouns that go with “whom” (objective case): me, you, him, her, us, them
If it’s an object—the person receiving the action—use “whom”!

Who is going to the party? (Test answer: SHE is going to the party.)
Who was invited? (Test answer: THEY were invited.)
Whom did you invite? (Test answer: I invited THEM.)
Whom did you tell about the party? (Test answer: I told HIM about the party.)

4 comments on “Save the Whoms

  1. WWS
    July 31, 2012

    Nice! I go with George Thorogood’s version any day! 🙂

  2. The Grammar Belle
    July 31, 2012

    You, WWS, can be my music expert! I’ll stick with what I know: grammar, alcoholic beverages and the South.

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2012 by in Don't Make Me Beg, Grammar Dilemmas, When Spellcheck Won't Help.

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