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Have you mastered the difference between the subject pronoun who and the object pronoun whom?

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*Answers are based on the guidelines in Claire Cook’s Line by Line.

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  1. Question 1 of 4
    1. Question

    Which sentence is correct?

    Correct

    Answer: b

    Explanation: Whom is the object of honor. If you found this question difficult, try rearranging the clause whom they wanted to honor so that the subject comes first: they wanted to honor whom.

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    Answer: b

    Explanation: Whom is the object of honor. If you found this question difficult, try rearranging the clause whom they wanted to honor so that the subject comes first: they wanted to honor whom.

  2. Question 2 of 4
    2. Question

    Which sentence is correct?

    Correct

    Answer: a

    Explanation: Who is the subject of dropped, not the object of thought. If this question seemed tricky, try removing she thought from the sentence: The woman returned the wallet to the man who dropped it.

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    Answer: a

    Explanation: Who is the subject of dropped, not the object of thought. If this question seemed tricky, try removing she thought from the sentence: The woman returned the wallet to the man who dropped it.

  3. Question 3 of 4
    3. Question

    Which sentence is correct?

    Correct

    Answer: c

    Explanation: In answer a, who is the subject of asks. In answer b, whom is the object of ask. The preposition on goes with the main clause (It depends on), so in deciding between who or whom, you must determine how the pronoun relates to the verb ask.

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    Answer: c

    Explanation: In answer a, who is the subject of asks. In answer b, whom is the object of ask. The preposition on goes with the main clause (It depends on), so in deciding between who or whom, you must determine how the pronoun relates to the verb ask.

  4. Question 4 of 4
    4. Question

    Which sentence is correct?

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    Answer: a

    Explanation: Whom is the object of ask, as should be clear if you rearrange the end of the sentence: we can ask whom. You can also try substituting a personal pronoun. Would you say ask she? No, you would say ask her. Since her and whom are both object pronouns, they are the pronouns to use.

    Incorrect

    Answer: a

    Explanation: Whom is the object of ask, as should be clear if you rearrange the end of the sentence: we can ask whom. You can also try substituting a personal pronoun. Would you say ask she? No, you would say ask her. Since her and whom are both object pronouns, they are the pronouns to use.

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