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navi
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:11:16 AM
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1) I was the man whom they asked what his name was.
2) I was the man whose name they asked.
3) I was the man whom they asked for his name.

Which could be used if they asked my name of me?

I think all of them could be used in that case. All seem ambiguous.
In '1' and '3' they might have asked for another person's name and in '2' they might have asked someone else.

Is that correct?

Gratefully,
Navi
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:33:01 AM

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It depends on what question is asked -- exactly.
In normal conversation, I can't imagine needing to say anything other than "They asked me."
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:53:34 AM

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navi wrote:
1) I was the man whom they asked what his name was.
2) I was the man whose name they asked.
3) I was the man whom they asked for his name.

Which could be used if they asked my name of me?

I think all of them could be used in that case. All seem ambiguous.
In '1' and '3' they might have asked for another person's name and in '2' they might have asked someone else.

Is that correct?

Gratefully,
Navi


All of them sound ambiguous to me, and very awkward in wording.

To put it in the form you want, I would say, "I am the man who was asked for his name". This means they asked me for my name.
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