# The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

• 10-May-2013, 06:23
Tan Elaine
The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

In joining the sentences, which of the following is the correct one?

Ali was the suspect for whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

Thanks.
• 10-May-2013, 06:28
Barb_D
Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
If he was the suspect, then "The police had been looking for Ali, the suspect, for two weeks" would do it.
• 10-May-2013, 06:32
probus
Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
The first two are fine. The third is a problem. As written it doesn't make sense. To perfect it, you'd have to add an additional for.

Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

This might well be heard in speech, where vocal inflection could deal with it, but in writing it looks ridiculous.
• 10-May-2013, 06:35
Tan Elaine
Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
Thanks, Barb.

I forgot to add that the sentences have to be joined using 'whom'. Sorry about that.

In that case, which is the correct sentence?

The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
In joining the two sentences, which of the following is the correct one?

Ali was the suspect for whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

Ali was the suspect
whom the police had been looking for two weeks.
• 10-May-2013, 08:48
5jj
Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
As probus said, the first two are fine. the first is fine in formal speech or writing, the second in normal speech..

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