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Who or Whom

“WHO” vs. “WHOM”

Just about every single day, we are asked about “who” vs. “whom” vs. “who’s” vs. “whose” in some combination. In the following paragraphs, we will try to explain these tricky terms as clearly as possible.

Let’s take a look at whom, the most abstruse of the four terms.


Here are some example sentences to illustrate how that works:

  1. For whom did you bake the cake?

  2. Did you want to know whom I will be going to prom with, Mom?

  3. At whom did you blow that kiss?

That was easy. But what happens when we don’t have prepositions to make things so convenient? Fear not.

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💁🏻‍♂️ Let’s see this in action:

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That more or less takes care of the confusion between who and whom.

“WHO’S” vs. “WHOSE”


In short, use whose only to indicate possession. (And not the kind that requires an exorcist.)

That wasn’t so tough, was it?

Before closing, here’s one more example using the beloved Tenth Doctor.

On whose face is the Doctor drawing?

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