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    The answer, courtesy of The Office:

    Ryan Howard: What I really want, honestly, Michael, is for you to know it so that you can communicate it to the people here, to your clients, to whomever.
    Michael Scott: [chuckles] Okay.
    Ryan Howard: What?
    Michael Scott: It's "whoever," not "whomever."
    Ryan Howard: No, it's "whomever."
    Michael Scott: No. "Whomever" is never actually right.
    Jim Halpert: Well, sometimes it's right.
    Creed Bratton: Michael is right. It's a made-up word used to trick students.
    Andy Bernard: No. Actually, "whomever" is the formal version of the word.
    Oscar Martinez: Obviously, it's a real word, but I don't know when to use it correctly.
    Michael Scott: [to camera] Not a native speaker.
    Kevin Malone: I know what's right, but I'm not gonna say because you're all jerks who didn't come see my band last night.
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    [in the conference room, the office workers are discussing the correct use of 'whoever' vs. 'whomever']
    Kevin Malone: I know what's right, but I'm not gonna say because you're all jerks who didn't come see my band last night.
    Ryan Howard: Do you really know which one is correct?
    Kevin Malone: I don't know.
    Pam Beesly: It's "whom" when it's the object of the sentence and "who" when it's the subject.
    Phyllis Lapin: That sounds right.
    Michael Scott: Well, it sounds right, but is it?
    Stanley: How did Ryan use it? As an object.
    Ryan Howard: As an object.
    Kelly Kapoor: Ryan used me as an object.
    Stanley: Is he right about that?
    Pam Beesly: How did he use it again?
    Toby Flenderson: It was Ryan wanted Michael, the subject, to explain the computer system, the object...
    Michael Scott: Thank you.
    Toby Flenderson: ...to whomever, meaning us, the indirect object, which is the correct usage of the word.
    Michael Scott: No one asked you anything, ever. So whomever's name is Toby, why don't you take a letter opener and stick it into your skull?

    You're an odd fellow, but you do make a good steamed ham.

    by Samara Morgan Dem on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 07:30:49 PM PDT

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