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    Default Is there an error in the sentence?

    Is there an error in the question:


    Whom did you talk to at the information desk at the airport?

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    Technically it's fine, but most natives would use "who" is that position instead of "whom" and I would shorten it by saying "at the airport information desk."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    I heard that whom is hardly ever used in spoken English, is that correct?

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I heard that whom is hardly ever used in spoken English, is that correct?
    That is correct.

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    Not a teacher.
    My girlfriend is German and has studied English, so I make a point - almost puritanically - of speaking correctly. I still say 'whom'!
    My version of that sentence would be: 'To whom did you talk at the airport information desk?'; but I agree with Barb_D: most English speakers - as opposed to writers - would have it her way.

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I heard that whom is hardly ever used in spoken English, is that correct?
    Yes- on the rare occasions I here it used in everyday speech, it does stand out. There are some speakers who say Whom did you see, but not many. You'll still hear it used in formal speaking sometimes.

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    Default Re: Is there an error in the sentence?

    Thanks, guys! Your comments are indeed very helpful! :)

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