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Word Choice: Who, Whom, Whose and Who’s-Proofread My Paper

Word Choice: Who, Whom, Whose and Who’s
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  • 15th September 2016

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Word Choice: Who, Whom, Whose and Who’s

We all regularly use the word “who in speech. Nevertheless, many people feel

confused

about when to use variations of this term, particularly “whom,” “whose” and “who’s.”

In our daily lives, this might not be a major issue (only

pedants like us

worry about getting “who” and “whom” the right way round in casual conversation). But in

academic writing

, you’ll want to avoid mistakes in order to maximize the clarity and impact of your work.

Who or Whom?

Mixing up “who” and “whom” is a classic grammatical error. Both are used when identifying or asking about a person, however, so what exactly is the difference?

The key is discerning between the “subject” and “object” of a sentence. To illustrate this, we’ll introduce Laurel and Hardy to the situation.

Subject

Verb

Object

Olly…

…tripped…

Stan.

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