Category: Top Tips for Writers

Who versus Whom: When to use which

Honestly, I’m one of those people: I simply  avoid having to write or use whom. I do conduct a “meaningful, productive life without whom.” 🙂

Thanks to Grammarly, I’m gaining the confidence to use whom.

Here’s a great tip on when to use who and whom:

Use the Pronoun Switch Method.

If you can answer the question with the pronouns him or her, use whom.

If you can answer the question with the pronouns he or her, use who.

Use the pronouns he, she, him, and her to help you decide. If he or she makes sense in the sentence, use who. If him or her makes sense, use whom.

Examples:

To whom are you submitting the report? I am submitting the report to her.

Who is going to the museum? He is going to the museum.

The woman, for whom the song was written, was blushing as the song’s first verse played.

The song was written for her, the woman who was blushing as the song’s first verse played.

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