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You're angry, hurt, confused and up for revenge--someone has done wrong to you. You know who but you don't know why.


I don't know how to explain this clearly to learners. I'm not sure I'm totally correct. Thus, I'd be appreciated if you are willing to help with this one. I have seen many posts or arguement here and there about and over the usage of "whom" and "who." You may have your point of view and it's all precious and valued.

I think "you know who" is the most correct way to say and the only way out. I take "who" as somewhat a relative pronoun that specifies someone who has done wrong to you.

"You know who has done wrong to you and you don't know why."

No, there is no room for whom.

What do you think?

Thanks,
Pastel

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Hello Pastel

I too would say that 'who' is correct.

This is not a case of using 'who' where you might also use 'whom', fortunately. As others have said, 'who' is the subject of its (incomplete) clause.

Perhaps the confusion arises because 'who (has done wrong)' is 'what you know'; so the 'who' clause as a whole is a kind of object.

MrP

PS: You can also apply MrPedantic's Second Law of Who/Whom:

'If a Who/Whom thread runs to a second page, both Who and Whom are possible.'
It's just my opinion perhaps, but I think that anybody using "whom" marks themselves as a fool. The word is just not part of everyday language anymore, and sounds pompous even when employed in a formal context.
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Hi haoqide,

Maybe Satan blinded you last night. (G)

Your post is precious and there are times when "whom" and "who" are interchangeable. In my example sentence, I would doubt that "whom" works there.
1-Who did you call last night?
2-Whom did you call last night?


Both are said to be correct. Some insist on using 2 for academic purpose and some consider it non-sense at all in daily conversation. I'd say number one.

MrP

PS: You can also apply MrPedantic's Second Law of Who/Whom:

'If a Who/Whom thread runs to a second page, both Who and Whom are possible.'

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MrP, you are a hilarious gentleman! I hope this is the botom line. Or we'll have to go back to the topic of "Who is it?"

1- It's I.
2- It's me.

Thanks for all the replies.

Pastel