When to Use "Whom or Whomever"?
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Use whom or whomever if you can substitute the following pronouns: him, her, them, me, us. These pronouns function as objects of verbs or prepositions.
1. Whom did you ask to pick up the order?
Substitution phrase: I asked him/ her/ them to pick up the order.
2. To whom is the mailing addressed? Substitution phrase: The mailing is addressed to him/ her/ them/ me/ us.
Excerpt from the book Grammar Essentials for Proofreading, Copyediting & Business Writing in Chapter 8: Common Usage Errors.
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