I'd like to thank whomever who have role to make this event possible..

is "whomever who" is correct here? if not how else could it be formed? thx

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"Whom" (and its related prepositions) is frequently misused -- even more so because, in modern English, it is unnecessary. "Who" is acceptable in any context. However, if you must use "whom", remember that "who" is for the subject of a sentence, and whom is for the object.

Who made this event possible?

Whom does this event honor?

Some more information on who and whom

In your example, you are referring to the person who made the event possible. So you should use "whoever" and not "whomever":

I would like to thank whoever made this event possible.

This may be confusing, since you might think that "who" is the object of "thank". Actually "who" is the subject of the clause "who made this event possible". More information on who vs. whom in subordinate clauses.

I would have thought that both "whoever who" and "whomever who" are never correct, but apparently people do use these.. I don't know where or how, since they seem incorrect to me. Instead (again, if you must) you could use "whosoever" or "whomsoever" in place of "whoever" and "whomever":

Whosoever wants to go to the event, let me know as soon as possible.

Invite whomsoever you like to the event.

  • if whoever belongs to "made this event possible", where is the object of "thank"? how could only 1 whoever be enough to fulfill 2 roles both subject and object? Nov 23, 2016 at 23:29
  • @CeyhunÖzsoylu Yeah I know. It's confusing to me too. Please see the article I linked to about who and whom in subordinate clauses. Apparently the rule is to use the function of "who" within the clause over its function in the main sentence. Of course this is yet another reason why I never use "whom".
    – Andrew
    Nov 23, 2016 at 23:35
  • @CeyhunÖzsoylu possibly, another way to look at it is that the entire subordinate clause is the object of "thank".
    – Andrew
    Nov 23, 2016 at 23:37

Most people don't use "whom" (or "whomever") at all. But among people who do so, this isn't right, for two reasons.

First, "who(m)ever" is a version of "who(m)", so it's very odd repeating the "who".

Secondly, "whom(ever)" is only used when it is not the subject of its clause. Here, it is a "fused relative" (equivalent to something like "the people - whoever they are - who") and is the subject in the relative clause "who(ever) made this possible" (replacing your "have role to make" which I don't quite understand the meaning of).

You could use "whomever" where it is not the subject of its clause:

Say to whomever you see, that I am here.


Say to whoever comes that I am here.

But, as I say, not many people would use "whomever" at all.

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