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My native language is German. I always want to say something like:

I have this function with whom I can do this or that

is this actually possible to say?

I always thought that with whom can just be used with persons.

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    You thought right. it should be "which" instead of "whom" – Usernew Oct 27 '15 at 7:37
  • So the final sentence would be: I have this function with which I can do this or that? If that is the case, can I also say I have this function with that I can do this or that. The example with with that sounds kinda weird :D – BoJack Horseman Oct 27 '15 at 7:42
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    Or even simpler: I have this function to do this/that! – Maulik V Oct 27 '15 at 7:43
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    @MaulikV Wow, never thought of that because I try to combine my German speaking patterns with my English :D That one is really simple and nice – BoJack Horseman Oct 27 '15 at 7:49
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The words who and whom are both pronouns.

We use who when referring to a subject in a clause. And we use Whom when referring to the object of a clause. Example:

Martha(subject) Killed Manny(object).

if we use Who and Whom in the sentence above(this might sound weird), it becomes:

Who(subject pronoun) killed whom(object pronoun)?

Who and whom are personal pronoun which means that they are always used with living beings.

So, it is not possible to say:

I have this function with whom I can do this or that

Alternatively, you can say:

I have this function to do this/that! As MaulikV said.

or

I have this function for this/that [purpose/need].

As for more information, read this somewhat similar question and this


Araucaria:

We can use who for Subjects, Objects and Objects of prepositions. We don't need to use whom for these. We can use whom whenever the relative pronoun isn't the Subject of the main verb in the relative clause.

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    We can use who for Subjects, Objects and Objects of prepositions. We don't need to use whom for these. We can use whom whenever the relative pronoun isn't the Subject of the main verb in the relative clause. (Not my downvote, btw) – Araucaria Oct 27 '15 at 16:06
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    @Araucaria no problem :) – Usernew Oct 27 '15 at 16:38
  • @Araucaria I gave a quick basic outline of "Who" vs "Whom" :) – Usernew Oct 27 '15 at 16:50
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    Yes, agreed. However, your answer does make it sound as if who isn't used for objects and so forth :) – Araucaria Oct 27 '15 at 16:52
  • @Araucaria Yes, agreed. However, your comment does explain that who can be used for objects, objects of prepositions. :) Thanks :D – Usernew Oct 27 '15 at 16:55
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Whom is used to refer to a person, you can use which or you can simply say

I have this function by which I can do this or that.

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