I get that many (most?) people are convinced they’ll never understand the difference between “who” and “whom.” If you fall into that group, here’s a way to look at “who vs. whom” that might shed some light:
WHO is a subject, so if in a similar structure you would use I, HE, SHE, WE, or THEY, use WHO. To illustrate, the following are similar structures:
WHOM is an object, so if in a similar structure you would use ME, HIM, HER, US, or THEM, use WHOM.
Again, to illustrate, the following are similar structures:
While the above examples are straightforward, it’s easy to get tripped up by more complicated sentences such as:
It’s understandable to want to use WHOM in this example, because it’s followed by “I believe.” But you’re not believing HER, you’re believing that SHE will do a good job.
Rearrange that sentence, and the correct answer becomes clear:
I hope that helps clear up the confusion!
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