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kaNNa
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:42:41 PM
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To the answer 'Raja saw A FRIEND OF HIS at the stadium yesterday.', which of the two questions below is appropriate?
a) Whom did Raja see at the stadium yesterday?
b) Who did Raja see at the stadium yesterday?
Chessapprentice
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 1:45:13 PM
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I think traditional grammar would require "whom". But the use of "who" as an objective is now very common, even in formal writing, and so shouldn't be considered wrong.
bluecloud
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 1:47:22 PM
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Chessapprentice wrote:
I think traditional grammar would require "whom". But the use of "who" as an objective is now very common, even in formal writing, and so shouldn't be considered wrong.


What`s that "as an objective"?
xsmith
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 3:54:13 PM
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Object pronoun The pronoun that is the object of the verb in the sentence.
Examples:

John texted me.
John texted him.
John texted her.
John texted us.
John texted them.
Whom did John text?
xsmith
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 3:55:15 PM
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Object pronoun The pronoun that is the object of the verb in the sentence.
Examples:

John texted me.
John texted him.
John texted her.
John texted us.
John texted them.
Whom did John text?
jmacann
Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 4:20:59 AM
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The fact that 'who' as an object pronoun is very common -even in formal writing- only enhances the unnecesary use of a preposition ('to') before the pronoun, something already pointed at by making use of 'whom' as the case set for objects.
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