General Writing and Grammar Help/who vs. whom

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Here's a sentence I came across and want to know if who or whom is correct.

As I hesitatingly approached the phone, the 10-year-old boy whom society forces adults to suppress could no longer be inhibited.

Is it correct to use whom and why?

Answer
Thanks, Paula, for your question. I hope you ask more.

"Whom"--the objective form--is correct. The object of the verb "to suppress" is "boy," and since the pronoun "whom" stands in for "boy," it must also be in the objective case.

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