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Dear Teachers,

I would like to know your opinion regarding the choice of who or whom in the following kind of sentence:

"This is the man who/whom everyone suspected was a serial killer a decade ago."

Most sources say that "who" is the correct pronoun in this case; but there are a few that argue otherwise.

Are there any new arguments either way?

Thanks,

Jaime
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Your question has been asked many times. Please read 'who' or 'whom'? and Who vs. Whom.

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Anonymous
Dear Teachers,

I would like to know your opinion regarding the choice of who or whom in the following kind of sentence:

"This is the man who/whom everyone suspected was a serial killer a decade ago."

Most sources say that "who" is the correct pronoun in this case; but there are a few that argue otherwise.

Are there any new arguments either way?

Thanks,

Jaime

Hello Anon

In this instance, the only possibility is "who":

1. This is the man who (everyone suspected) was a serial killer a decade ago.

As you can see, "who" is the subject of "was"; "everyone suspected" is a parenthetical comment.

MrP
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Just one more observation:

"Everyone suspected (that) [he / *him] was a serial killer."
generates "This is the man [who / *whom] everyone suspected was a serial killer."

"Everyone suspected [*he / him] of being a serial killer."
generates "This is the man [*who / whom] everyone suspected of being a serial killer."

CJ
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