Posted by R. Berg on May 21, 2003
In Reply to: Who/whom posted by Bookworm on May 20, 2003
: : : : Believe it or not, this sentence was in an article on
the Opinion page in today's Times:
: : : : 'Anyone, whoever they are, could be a ... star in the movies.'
: : : Pitiful. That could have been corrected so easily by deleting "whoever they are."
: : ...or, if one felt one desperately needed to intensify the phrase, by replacing the execrably incorrect "whoever they are" with "no matter who".
: Usage question: Would "no matter whom" be hypercorrect, or just plain incorrect?
It would be incorrect. "To be" needs the nominative case at both ends.