Is It Who or Whom?

You’re writing away as the flow of words are pouring from your brain into your finger tips. The clacking of the keys become a mechanical rhythm that your ears soon drown out. There are typos and sentence fragments, but the words are coming. The story is coming alive until the editing elf takes over. You ask yourself is it who, or whom? Is it important which one you use?

Hmmm…

Let’s break down these misused, confusing pronouns. Whom is the objective form that functions as the object of a verb or preposition. This can also be remembered as him/her=whom:

Whom did you hear that from?

From is the preposition and whom is the objective form of from (from cannot stand on its own in the sentence and, therefore, needs an objective pronoun to support it).

Who is the subjective form as the subject of the sentence or a clause. Just like whom, he/she=who:

Who is she?

She is the subject of the sentence and who is the subjective form of she (the person the sentence is talking about).

While writing the editing elf may want to come out and play. Give your elf a name and shush them away, for now. When it comes to who and whom, who is the most widely used pronoun. Whom jumps in every now and then in writing.

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