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Many people get all mixed-up with whom vs who. Considering this grammatical hurdle, we have explained the usage of both whom and who in this article. Read on for clarity on the subject!

Whom Vs Who

"Whom" or "who", which is to be used? Isn't it ironical these interrogative pronouns, used to ask questions, raise questions by themselves? You might have come across several such situations wherein selecting the proper pronoun had caused utter confusion. "Who do you love" or "Whom do you love" - which is correct? It may be a bit difficult to find the answer in the first attempt. However, you may be able to find the answer after thinking for a while. Though it appears to be difficult, it is easy to differentiate the usage of both these words, if you got right trick to tackle it. These interrogative pronouns are not only used in interrogative sentences, but are also part of declarative, interrogative, imperative and conditional sentences. These two interrogative pronouns differ only by a single letter "m" but, the usage of both of them is really quite different. This article is an attempt to help you find out the correct interrogative pronoun to be used in a sentence, effortlessly and instantaneously. Read on to find more lessons on the usage of "Whom" and "Who" in a sentence.

Usage of Whom And Who

Who: It is a nominative pronoun that acts either as a regular verb or as a subject-linked verb.

Whom: It acts is the object or a preposition.

So, to be clear of what to be used, whether who or whom, it is essential that you are thorough with subjects and objects. The easiest method to figure out whether to use "who" and "whom" better is as follows.
If you still feel it hard to relate, then look at the following example.

Let us consider the similarity between the usage of "whom" and "him". Both end with "m". Now, whenever you are confused with the usage of whom, just think what would be the answer to the question - "he" or "him". If it is "him" then, without any doubt, you can use "whom". For instance, if you are confused with "Who (or whom) do you love?" The answer would be "I love him." So, the question would be "Whom do you love?". Now, consider another question "Who (or whom) stepped on the floor paint?" The answer to the question would be "He stepped on the floor paint" and so the word you are looking for here is "Who".

As mentioned earlier, "whom" refers to the object of a sentence. "Whom" can also be used in statements, as the object of a clause. It can be used after a preposition as well.

"Whom" In Questions
Whom In Sentences
Let us now consider the usage of "who" with examples. As discussed earlier, "who" represents the subject of a sentence. For instance, consider a simple sentence, "I love you". Here the subject is "I" and thus, the question will be "Who loves you".

"Who" In Questions
"Who" In Sentences
Usage "Who" & "Whom" In Same Sentence
Every problem has a solution. The only thing is that you should get the key to resolve the problem. In this article, we have provided you with the key to solve your problem with the usage of "who" and "whom". Once you have understood the way to differentiate both, it gets you out of the muddle. Hope this article helped you find out a solution for your doubts regarding these two interrogative pronouns.