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Chapter 6. Woe Is I: Pronouns and Case > Who Versus Whom (or Should I Just Shoo... - Pg. 65

Woe Is I: Pronouns and Case 1. 65 2. 3. Use who or whoever when the pronoun is the subject of a verb. · Who said, "I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants?" · Who won the prize for employee of the month--the guy from accounting who was just fired? · I wonder who thought up that bright idea. Use who or whoever when the pronoun is the predicate nominative. · The winner was who? · No one knew who the loser was. Use whom or whomever when the pronoun is the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition. · Whom did he marry this time? · Of course, he can marry whomever he wants (as long as it's not me). · With whom were you dancing at his wedding? I Dare You The proof is in the pudding, or something like that. Take your best shot with these questions. Circle who or whom in each sentence. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. From (who/whom) did you buy that wooden nickel? (Who/Whom) is your parole officer? The boss selected (who/whom)? (Who/Whom) in the office knows how to operate the phone system? With (who/whom) have you agreed to carpool? No one knew (whom/who) the bean counter was. whom (object of the preposition from ) who (subject of the verb) whom (direct object of the verb) who (subject of the verb) whom (object of the preposition with ) who (predicate nominative) Answers Seventh-Inning Stretch Let's have some fun, bunny. Choose the correct pronoun to complete each sentence. On a transatlantic flight, a plane passed through a severe storm. "Oh Lord," a passenger screamed. (1 Who/Whom) can You send to help us?" a passenger yelled. Things went from bad to worse when one wing was struck by lightning. Two women in particular, Hermione and (2 she/her) lost it. The second woman jumped up screaming, "I'm too young to die!" she wailed. "Well, if I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on Earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane (3 who/whom) can make me feel like a real woman?" For a moment there was total silence. Everyone had forgotten (4 they/their) own peril as (5 they/ them) stared, riveted, at the desperate woman in the front of the plane. "(6 You're/Your) in a bad way, lady," one man muttered.