Originally created 12/30/04

Who-whom rule easy to remember



To make "whom" easier to live with (James Kilpatrick's Nov. 27 column), the key is this: "Who" is always the subject of a verb. Example: "Who is that?" "Who" is the subject of the word "is." "Whom" is always an object. Example: "Whom do you want?" "You" is the subject of the verb phrase "do you want." Therefore, "whom" is the object.

Just remember: "Who" always is subjective, and "whom" always is objective. Enjoy "whom" without fear!

Marie V. Jordan, Williston, S.C.