Who's who or Who's whom?
Who and whom
I understand the difference between them and when to use each, for the most part. The sentence/phrase that's confusing me is "Who's Who" versus "Who's Whom." Most people seem to say that "who is who" is correct because "is" serves as a linking verb. It's not that I don't agree, it's just that I was taught "who is whom" is correct but don't remember the explanation that was given. Can anyone on the "whom" side of the debate explain to me why whom would be correct?
- bjk1961Lv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
whom is the objective form
who is the nominative
when you use a linking verb, it is followed by a predicate nominative: who.
- Anonymous9 years ago
It's "Who's Who" - always.
This is fallout from prescriptivist grammar teaching again. Older grammar sources failed to distinguish between formal and informal registers, giving students the mistaken impression that only the formal register was correct.
"Who is whom" is correct in formal English.
"Who's who" is correct in informal English (and in fact it's the dominant form, made idiomatic by the name of the long-standing reference series of that name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Who ).
You won't see "Who's whom" because contractions are also part of the informal register, so you'll never see the (informal) contraction in the same context as the (formal) "whom".Source(s): Native UK English speaker
- Look at m'beard!Lv 69 years ago
It's who's who.
You would use whom in situations when the answer would be 'him' or 'her' as opposed to 'he' or 'she'.
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- 6 years ago
Stuart Marshall, Kendal
You would never ask "Who is him/her?" or "Who am me?" and the television programme's title is "Who do you think you are?" not "Whom do you ....?".