1. This is the boy who was asked by the teacher to stay back after school.

  2. This is the boy whom the teacher asked to stay back after school.

  3. This is the boy the teacher asked to stay back after school.

Are the sentences above correct ?

  • What confuses you about the sentences and makes you wonder if they are correct?
    – fluffy
    Commented Jul 26, 2014 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


Yes, the sentences are correct. In the first example pronoun "who" is in subjective case, in the second example it is in objective case. You can find some info and tips on their usage here: http://web.ku.edu/~edit/whom.html

As for the third example - pronouns who/whom can often be omitted. You will find more info on that on our related site. In short:

There is such a rule [concerning omission of who/whom], but it is not about whether the relative pronoun would be "who" or "whom": it is about whether or not the NP (noun phrase) which is the antecedent of the relative clause is the subject of that clause.

  • nb: as per oxforddictionaries.com/words/who-or-whom (hopefully considered reputable source) "Common practice in current English is to use who in all contexts"
    – Nat
    Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 17:06
  • Link in the answer is broken. Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 10:57
  • @AlanCarmack - Which link? Both appear to be working... Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 16:51

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