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Who versus Whom

Who versus Whom

Do you know when to use ”whom” rather than “who”?

“Who” is known as a subject pronoun (it comes before the verb as the “doer”) and “whom” is the object pronoun (it comes after the verb, or after a preposition such as “to”, “by” and “from”). So, strictly we should say:
Who is going with you to the beach? BUT
Whom did you see?

In the first example the “who” is the “doer” (going to the beach). In the second example, the “doer” was “you” (not the “who”), so as the object of the verb, we should use “whom”.

The good news, if you find that complicated, is that today most people don’t bother with the “whom” EXCEPT after a preposition. So, a lot of people would just say or write (and get away with):
Who did you see?

However, to sound correct, you really should still use “whom” after a preposition (such as “with”, “from”, “to” etc):
With whom did you see her dancing?
To whom did they tell the joke?

So, it doesn’t matter to whom you write, try to get the difference between who and whom correct!