Who, or Whom?

Some really have trouble with grammar questions. For instance, is it "Who should they keep?" or "Whom should they keep?"

Many just aren't sure. It's a case of formal vs informal usage, and there are sometimes subtle rules, especially for those who didn't really pay attention in school.

But what's the excuse for this?! It's a great example of "hedging your bets":

Front page samples of the Philadelphia Inquirer

The photo shows two examples of the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer from yesterday (12 July 12).

One edition has the red headline, WHOM SHOULD PHILLIES KEEP? and the other, WHO SHOULD PHILLIES KEEP?

The latter is from the "South Jersey Edition". So knowing one is formal and the other informal, which one would "youse guys" figure is proper English?

Posted July 13, 2012

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