The Bell Tolls for “Whom”

I recently stumbled upon this article from the Atlantic about the death of the word “whom.”  I can’t disagree with the author’s thesis:  the word “whom” is dying a slow death, and this is mostly a good thing.  I’ve been teaching my students to use “whom” for objects and “who” for subjects, but I think I’m going to reevaluate this.  It would sound awfully strange if I asked a student, “Whom do you have for Torts?”

The New York Times seems to be on board with abandoning whom:  the headline on a recent Maureen Dowd column was “Who Do You Trust?”


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