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Which one is correct ??

1> It's him who I told the news
2> It's he whom I told the news
3> It's him whom I told the news
4>It's he who I told the news

I am interested in knowing the correct formal usage of who and whom.

t hanks,
sharad
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It is Sentence 2 which illustrates the correct formal usage.

The informal equivalent is:

He's the one I told the news to.

Emotion: geeked
thanks Jim. I guess only you chose to be my mentor.Emotion: smile Let me ask you one more qn..

Which one is correct formal usage ??

1> It's hard to resist cigarettes
2> It's hard to resist smoking
3> It's hard to resist smoking cigarettes
4> It's hard to resist from smoking
5> 4> It's hard to resist from cigarettes

I guess 1,2, and 3 are correct.

Is "resist from" correct usage ??

thanks,
Sharad.
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Who as an interrogative pronoun has three cases: who, whom and whose. They exclusively refer to people:

Hey, who ate my poptart?
I know not for whom this letter was sent.
Whose hundred-dollar-bill is this?

If the interrogative pronoun replaces the subject of the sentence, use the nominative case form:

Who started the bar fight? Who will clean up this mess? Who will pay for the damages?

If the interrogative pronoun replaces the object of a verb or object of a preposition, use the objective case form:

To whom will you send the present?

As relative pronouns, they refer to a persons:

The man who won the lottery bought a castle.
The woman whom we thought won the lottery, did not.
We saw the man whose house burned down.
1, 2, and 3 are correct, as you say.
"resist from"? -- No! You can't do that! Emotion: crying

It's hard to refrain from smoking. OK.
It's hard to abstain from smoking. OK. (A bit fancy!)
It's hard to stop smoking. OK.
It's hard to stop from smoking. NO.
It's hard to stop myself from smoking. OK.
It's hard to keep myself from smoking. OK.

Emotion: smile
thank you all.. Your explanations helped.
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No. 2 It is he whom I told the news.

This actually should be "It is he whom I told the news to," am I right?
Mephorium,

Sorry, you'll need a different example of "whom" as a relative pronoun! Emotion: smile

The woman whom we thought won the lottery, did not. (not ok)
The woman who (at least we thought so) won the lottery ....

Take care,
California Jim

Emotion: smile
Jim is a person whom I admire vey much.
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