Who v. Whom on THE OFFICE
Below is a funny chat about WHO v. WHOM from the Office. This very brief article on the conversation analyzes who is right and who is wrong in the conversation. Do you know WITHOUT the article? Either way, it’s worth a glance from any curious grammar student/lover of the Office.
Ryan: You know what I really want? What I really want is for you to know (the computer system) so you can communicate it to your people here, to your clients, to whomever …
Michael: (Snort) OK.
Michael: It’s whoever not whomever.
Ryan: It’s whomever.
Michael: No. Whomever is actually never right.
Jim: Well, sometimes it’s right.
Creed: Michael is right. It’s a made-up word used to trick students.
Andy: No. Actually, whomever is the formal version of the word.
Oscar: Obviously, it’s a real word, but I don’t know when to use it correctly.
Michael (to camera): Not a native speaker.
Kevin: I know what’s right. But I’m not going say, because you’re all jerks who didn’t come to see my band last night.
Ryan: Do you really know which one is correct?
Kevin: I don’t know.
Pam: It’s whom when it’s the object of a sentence and who when it’s the subject.
Phyllis: That sounds right.
Michael: Sounds right, but is it right?
Stanley: How did Ryan use it, as an object or a subject?
Ryan: As an object.
Kelly: Ryan used me as an object.
Stanley: Is he right about that … ?
Toby: It was: Ryan wanted Michael, as the subject, to explain the computer system, the object, to whomever, meaning us, the indirect object, which is the correct usage of the word.