Don’t you have idea on whom I know or who I know? Then keep reading this article and get rid your confusion.
It maybe brings a confusion if you encounter these phrases. We sometimes interchanged their meaning. Moreover, we thought that it is correct to use either phrase.
However, don’t you have the idea that they are too different? Some of its words are maybe the same such as “I know”. But, the words whom and who changed the idea of the phrase.
In this article, you we will explain as clearly as we can about their difference.
The Term “Whom I know”
When we use this phrase, we are talking about the object of the verb. Furthermore, we may also use it to refer object of preposition. The word “whom” is the objective case of the term “who”.
There are workmates of mine whom I know trustworthy, while there are others whom I don’t.
It is not correct to say:
There are workmates of mine who I know trustworthy, while there are others who I don’t.
Can you see the difference? Aside from the grammatical errors you can find, it is not good to hear.
The Term “Who I know”
We use the word “who” as a pronoun in the sentence. In other words, it is used to replace the position of the noun to avoid redundancy. This phrase is sometimes added in a sentence as additional information.
She is the girl who I know smarter than me.
In addition, it is awkward to say,
She is the girl whom I know smarter than me.
Let us look at another couple of examples to clearly differentiate the word who from whom.
- (Who/Whom) baked the cake?
The correct answer is who because we are referring to the subject.
- To (who, whom) it may concern.
The word whom is the appropriate one because we are emphasizing the object of the preposition.
In reality, few people used whom because they found it awkward. However, we must understand that it is really better to use the correct term to expect a clear response as well.
There are lots of examples are available. Just write down in the Google and search. You will find huge information. But if you are a native English speaker, you should have the real reason.
And if you are not a native English speaker, you can follow any native writer/speaker. Or you may have another chance to search in the Google to learn.
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