My Twitter friends are on fire lately. @WellVersedMom pointed out a grammar gaffe that pops up on everyone's Twitter sidebar. Her peeve is with the new(ish) 'Who to follow' tool.
Where does Twitter go wrong? It uses who instead of whom.
- Use who if referring to the subject of a sentence. Who follows you? Who just said that?
- Use whom if referring to an object of a sentence. Whom do you admire? Whom are you talking about?
- Whom is often the object of a prepositional phrase. In the Twitter example, the preposition 'to' is the clue that you should use whom.
- Restate the question or phrase in your mind. If you can answer using another object pronoun such as 'them' or 'her,' then use whom.
Who/Whom to follow? >> I'm going to follow her.
- Whom to follow