General Writing and Grammar Help/Who & whom

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Dear Ted:

Should I use "who" or "whom" in the sentence below?

They consulted us on who/whom they should invite.

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Should I use "who" or "whom" in the sentence below?

They consulted us on who/whom they should invite.

*** The correct pronoun is "whom."  "Whom" is the direct object of "they should invite."  They should invite WHOM.

The clause "whom they should invite" is the object of the preposition "on."

Ted

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