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    Is it grammatically correct to say: "To whom disagrees I say: xxxxx" or should one say: "To whom, who disagrees ..."? "To them, who disagree ..."?
    If they are all correct which sounds best to a native speaker?

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    Re: Student

    'To those who disagree. . .'

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    Re: Student

    Thank you, Rover.

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    Re: Student

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'To those who disagree. . .'

    Rover
    And the structure is nowhere better exemplified than the then (UK) Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's 1980 speech to the Conservative party conference.

    "To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning!"

    Rgds

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    Re: Student

    Richard1,
    you are suggesting an alternative grammatical construction:

    To those disagreeing, I say ...

    Right?

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    Re: Student

    Quote Originally Posted by Aiwen View Post
    To those disagreeing, I say ...
    That's fine.

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    Re: Student

    Quote Originally Posted by Aiwen View Post
    Richard1,
    you are suggesting an alternative grammatical construction:

    To those disagreeing, I say ...

    Right?
    No, I wasn't suggesting any such thing, merely supporting Rover's contribution with an actual example.

    i.e. 'to those disagreeing' is grammatically the same as, 'to those waiting .....with baited breath etc....


    Rgds

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