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July 30, 2018

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Tommaso Caldarola

Useful post.

Muhammad Taha

Super useful, Thanks

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Tommaso and Muhammad, I'm glad you found these ideas useful.

Lynn

Shya

A useful post. Thank you for sharing this with us. :)

Laura

I think sentences like "Whom will you vote for?" are a lost cause, grammatically. It just sounds awkward to the modern ear. I think in all but the very most formal academic writing, you will see most writers opt for the "who".

Rona

A great, useful resource. Many thanks.

Deborah

I made 3 mistakes. I'm surprised I got n. 4 wrong but I expected n. 5 & 7 - I felt there had to be some "whom" and "whomever" somewere!

I definitely needed this good grammar review anyway, especially about whom/whomever. Thank you for that!

I must admit thought, that like you and other users pointed out, these forms are less and less used in everyday life. I get in contact with the English language only through the Internet though.

George Raymond

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" wouldn't be the same with who.

Number 6 almost got me. I will keep in mind that the role of "who" and "whoever" as a subject trumps any role it might have as an object in the same sentence. (No politics intended.)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hello Shya, Laura, Rona, Deborah, and George,

Shya and Rona, you are welcome.

Laura, I agree that sentences such as "Whom will you vote for?" are a lost cause. Still, it depends on the audience. I just spent a few days with fellow English majors from college, and I know I would have been corrected had I used "who" in a sentence like that one. Silly, I know.

Deborah, I'm glad you liked the review. Yes, some of the forms are rarely seen, but it's important to know what is correct so you can use a correct form if your audience and purpose require it.

George, I'm glad to have almost tricked you!

Everyone, I'm sorry for my slow response. I have been off the grid on vacation.

Lynn

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