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    Relative pronoun

    Hi,

    Is this correct or wrong and why? He who I met yesterday is my friend.

    Greatly appreciate reply.

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    Re: Relative pronoun

    Welcome to the forum.
    It sounds like archaic texts, e.g "He who casts the first stone ..."
    Why don't you say "The man / The boy who I met yesterday is my friend"?

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    Re: Relative pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by esljack View Post
    Hi,

    Is this correct or wrong and why? He who I met yesterday is my friend.

    Greatly appreciate reply.
    No, it's not good. It's better with English Freak's suggestion, but there's still a semantic problem.
    The problem is with the possible meanings of "meet". In the (lack of) context which you've given, it would be assumed that you met him for the first time yesterday (possibly the most common meaning of 'meet'). In this case, it's unlikely that he is your friend yet.

    If there were more context, eg. "The person you saw me meeting on the corner yesterday is my friend", this would make sense. So would, "The person I met for coffee yesterday is my friend."

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    Re: Relative pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by esljack View Post
    Hi,

    Is this correct or wrong and why? He who I met yesterday is my friend.

    Greatly appreciate reply.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The two teachers have given you excellent advice.

    (2) I just wanted to most respectfully and humbly make this comment:

    (a) If this is a test question, I think that your teacher probably wants you to

    write: He whom I met yesterday is my friend.

    (i) As you know, for "perfect" English, we use "whom" when it is an object.

    Your sentence is (grammatically speaking):

    He (I met whom yesterday) is my friend.

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