[LMB] Whom do you serve?
kcollett at hamilton.edu
Thu Oct 13 22:27:17 BST 2016
On Oct 13, 2016, at 4:31 PM, alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Oct 2016, Lois Bujold wrote a list of phrases to check:
>> To think that Illyan, whom he’d
>> known all his life, whom he’d assumed trusted him implicitly
This second whom is wrong. Take the clauses apart: "He'd known him all his life", so him => whom. But "he'd assumed he trusted him implicitly", so he => who. You wouldn't say him trusted him.
>> that of the late Sergeant Bothari whom Pym had
Pym had replaced him.
>> The liveried
>> man was the laconic veteran Esterhazy, whom Miles had known most
>> of his life
Miles had known him.
>> Fell’s green guards hesitated, not certain just whom to shoot,
... to shoot him.
>> pallbearers, whom Miles had begun to think of as his general staff,
Miles had begun to think of them.
> In all of these cases, "whom" is correct. In each case, "whom" is being used as the object of a phrase or an infinitive.
Yep, I agree with Alayne for all the rest.
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