English Grammar


Who - whom

In one lesson the following example was given:

Bruno: Excuse me, Polly, but I found a half-eaten pizza from two weeks ago lying on the floor in the break room. I want to know whose pizza that is, and I want to know now.
Polly: Very well, sir. I'll find out who it belongs to and have it cleaned up within the hour.

In the answer from Polly I wonder about the answer with "who". Shouldn't it be "whom"?
So:
Very well, Sir. I'll find out whom it belongs to and have it cleaned up within the hour.

Any ideas?

2 comments

  • Hi, Merlin
    No, the phrase " I'll find out who it belongs" is correct.
    If you want to use whom :
    I will find out the one to whom it belongs
  • Hi Pierre,
    thanks for your answer. But still I don't understand why who is correct.
    I checked in several grammar books and what I found is the same as my understanding is... which may be wrong :-).
    "Who" is the subject of a clause while "whom" is the object of a clause.
    And in the example "who" is used as the object and not the subject. Or am I making a translation error?

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