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    Is the use of "whom" in a sentence, regarded as proper English, or is it seen as nostalgically arrogant?


    eg.
    ....her brother, whom i always thought was a slimyb.. etc


    second question
    is "Who(m)" an adverb,noun, word etc what is the correct categorisation of this four letter word?

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    Yes, it's proper English.

    The rule of thumb is to remember that "who" is the subject and "whom" is an object.

    Who is that guy?
    Twelve people are on a jury, 7 of whom are men.

    Make sense?



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    I don't think I have ever spoken the word whom or written it.
    I would probably say "Twelve people are on a jury, 7 of them are men". I don't know if skizo's example is just shit, but i think it sounds better and even if I were a user of whom, I'd probably go with what I said.

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    I seldom use it. I've probably used "whom" in college papers more than any time in the rest of my life combined.



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    Probably best to ignore what I said. I'd struggle to write a sentence in joined up letters, the only time I have to put something down on paper I just use block capitals, I only ever write short notes or lists. You used to be a number 7 on the list, but I scored you out. I do type more than I write, but it's all shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo View Post
    Yes, it's proper English.

    The rule of thumb is to remember that "who" is the subject and "whom" is an object.

    Who is that guy?
    Twelve people are on a jury, 7 of whom are men.

    Make sense?
    What he says is correct ... This is what they teach you in those High Profile GMAT books .. Maybe Skizo just gave one

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    I reckon Skizo's sounds like the right description. I usually only use it for effect when swearing or whatever rather than normally because people might think it's a bit old fashioned.
    Another one is 'whilst'. When I was 10 a teacher told me off for using it because he said no-one said that anymore.

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    Yet another word that has fallen into fogeyness is thus, it is only brandished by university lecturers. A little used word that I particularly enjoy though is underwhelm(ed), as in I am completely underwhelmed by that

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    Until I just looked it up I actually didn't realise that was a proper word

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    I would still use 'whom' sometimes, like.

    When I'm addressing a letter to a collective body or if I'm writing a sicknote for one of the kids for school or whatnot.

    'To whom it may concern'. Still valid imo. True story.

    It's also the sound a fart makes underwater. WHOOOM.

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