Unit 86. Relative clauses (3) – whose, whom, and where

Whom is possible instead of who (for people) when it is the object of the verb in the relative clause (like the sentences in Unit 85):

  • The man whom I wanted to see was away on vacation. (I wanted to see him)

    You can also use whom with a preposition (to/from/with whom, etc.):

  • The woman with whom he fell in love left him after a few weeks, (he fell in
    love with her)

    But we do not often use whom. In spoken English we normally prefer who or that (or you can leave them out – see Unit 85):

  • The man (who/that) I wanted to see…

  • The woman (who/that) he fell in love with…
    For whom see also Units 87 and 88.

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