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Thefollowingisaminitutorialontheusesof"who,""whom,"and"whose."Ifyoualreadyknowhowtousethesewords,youcanskipthe
explanationandgodirectlytotheexercises.

Subjects,ObjectsandPossessiveForms

Tounderstandhowtouse"who,""whom,"and"whose,"youfirsthavetounderstandthedifferencebetweensubjects,objects,andpossessive
forms.

Subjectsdoanaction:

Helovesmovies.
Shegoestoschool.
WeenjoyChinesefood.

Objectsreceiveanaction:

Theteacherslikehim.
Thomasknowsher.
Theactorsmiledatus.

Possessiveformstellusthepersonsomethingbelongsto:

Hisbikeisbroken.
Ilikehernewbook.
Theteachergradedourhomework.

"Who"isaSubjectPronoun

"Who"isasubjectpronounlike"he,""she"and"we"intheexamplesabove.Weuse"who"toaskwhichpersondoesanactionorwhichpersonis
acertainway.

Examples:

Whomadethebirthdaycake?
Whoisinthekitchen?
Whoisgoingtodothedishes?

"Whom"isanObjectPronoun
"Whom"isanobjectpronounlike"him,""her"and"us."Weuse"whom"toaskwhichpersonreceivesanaction.

Examples:

Whomareyougoingtoinvite?
Whomdidheblamefortheaccident?
Whomdidhehiretodothejob?

"Whose"isaPossessivePronoun
"Whose"isapossessivepronounlike"his,""her"and"our."Weuse"whose"tofindoutwhichpersonsomethingbelongsto.

Examples:

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Whosecameraisthis?
Whosedogisbarkingoutside?
Whosecellphonekeepsringing?

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"Who,""Whom"and"Whose"inIndirectQuestions
Thesentencebelowcontainsanexampleofanindirectquestion:

Idon'tknowwhomheinvited.

Suchsentencesusuallystartwithaphrasesuchas:"Iamnotsure"or"Hedoesn'tknow"or"Wedon'tcare."Justignorethefirstpartofthe
sentenceandlookattheindirectquestionwhendecidingwhethertouse"who,""whom"or"whose."Askyourselfiftheindirectquestionrequiresa
subject,object,orpossessiveform.

Examples:

Hedoesn'tknowwhothebossofthecompanyis.subjectoftheindirectquestion
Idon'tcarewhomyouinvite.objectoftheindirectquestion
Sheisn'tsurewhosecarthatis."Whose"showspossessionofcar.

"Who,""Whom"and"Whose"inAdjectiveClauses
Thesentencebelowcontainsanexampleofanadjectiveclause:

Iknowthemanwhowonthecontest.

Adjectiveclausesareusedtodescribeanouninthemainsentence.Intheexampleabove,theadjectiveclausetellsusabout"theman."Just
ignorethemainsentenceandlookattheadjectiveclausewhendecidingwhethertouse"who,""whom"or"whose."Askyourselfiftheadjective
clauserequiresasubject,object,orpossessiveform.

Examples:

Weknewtheactresswhostarredinthemovie.subjectofadjectiveclause
Theyhiredthemanwhomweinterviewedlastweek.objectofadjectiveclause
Sheknewthefamilywhosehousewebought."Whose"showspossessionofhouse.

"Whom"LessCommon
Theform"whom"isbecominglessandlesscommoninEnglish.ManynativeEnglishspeakersthink"whom"soundsoutdatedorstrange.This
trendisparticularlycommonintheUnitedStates.Especiallywhencombinedwithprepositions,mostpeopleprefertouse"who"astheobject
pronoun.TomostnativeEnglishspeakers,theexamplesbelowsoundquitenatural.

Examples:

Whodidyoucometothepartywith?
Idon'tknowwhohegavethebookto.
ThatisthewomanwhoIwastalkingto.
Whodidyougetthatfrom?
Doyouhaveanyideawhohesoldhiscarto?
ThatisthepersonwhoIgottheinformationfrom.

EXERCISESANDRELATEDTOPICS:

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