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July 30, 2018


Tommaso Caldarola

Useful post.

Muhammad Taha

Super useful, Thanks

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

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



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


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".


A great, useful resource. Many thanks.


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.


Gasper Guarrasi

According to me to write sentences this rule is best Pronouns have three cases: nominative (I, you, he, she, it, they), possessive (my, your, his, her, their), and objective (me, him, her, him, us, them). Use the nominative case when the pronoun is the subject of your sentence, and remember the rule of manners: always put the other person's name first! thanks.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Gaspar, your rules are correct. The challenge is to apply them in sentences.

Thanks for stopping by.


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