Who v. Whom
Hold on to your hat. The use is both complicated and simple.
Who and whom are both pronouns, which we all know are words that take the place of nouns, which we all know are people, places, things or ideas. The decision about whether to use who or to use whom depends on the role it plays in the sentence. Who is always the subject of a sentence, which we all know is the person, place, thing or idea doing the action. Whom is always the object in a sentence, which we all know is the person, place, thing or idea receiving the action of the verb.
For example: Who plans to give the bad news to the people? When we arrive, we give the news to whom?
To whom much is given, much is expected. Who, though, grants these gifts? I am the one who imparts them to my children.
Hint: Still having trouble deciding when to use who and when to use whom? Try inserting he and him into the sentence. If he works, then who is the pronoun you seek. If him works, then whom is what you want.
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