To whom it may concern

Is ‘whom‘ still a relevant word in today’s English lexicon? Do you use whom in your day to day conversations?

Let’s take a brief look at the correct usage. Whom is a pronoun that refers to a person not present in the conversation. Technically, ‘whom’ is the objective-case pronoun of the subjective-case pronoun ‘who’, where ‘whom’ refers to the object of a sentence and ‘who’ refers to the subject.

So, you’re at a party and you run into someone you think you recognize, you might say “Hello, who are you again?” This is correct  because you are speaking to the person directly. Whom comes into the conversation for example if you realize that the person you’re talking to did not come to the party alone.  “Oh, I see you’re holding two jackets, with whom did you come?”

The difference between ‘who’ and ‘whom’ is easy enough to understand but there is a continuing debate in English usage about when you should use one or the other. So, who is correct? Well it may depend on whom you ask.

(#31WriteNow Day 14)

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