Rule 3: He or they would mean you should use who , and him or them would indicate that whom is the correct choice Hint to remember: You have been succesfully subscribed to Grammarly blog.
Keep in mind that you may have to temporarily rearrange the sentence a bit while you test it. Diana Franz. She ate my sandwich. Not whom. Whom should be used to refer to the object of a verb or preposition. Register Log in Email: Rule 1: Every verb with a tense in a sentence must have a subject. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States.
Created by: Subject and Objects The subject of a sentence is doing something, and the object of a sentence is having something done to it. This example proves particularly difficult even with the trick because we automatically think of Ask him for directions , and this would lead us to believe that the correct choice is whomever. To whom! By whom is the car driven to school? Because even grammarians are likely to squabble over which to use. People are much less likely to notice a who that should be a whom since it is so uncommon than the opposite.
He believes that he may be his grandfather.
Who is that masked man? By Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl. Writing, grammar, and communication tips for your inbox. Who's there? The subject of a clause is always attached to that clause — no matter what.
The delegates differed as to who they thought might win. The main reason for this is most likely that native English speakers most notably in North America tend to omit the use of whom both in written and most commonly in oral English.
Whom ate my sandwich? Therefore who is correct. Flick, Jane and Celia Millward.