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    Which of the following are correct:

    1-The man who I know will tell my husband is Harry.

    2-The person who I am afraid might tell my husband is Harry.

    3-The person who I fear might tell my husband is Harry.

    4-The person who I am afraid most might tell my husband is Harry.

    5-The person who I fear most might tell my husband is Harry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which of the following are correct:

    1-The man who I know will tell my husband is Harry.


    Correct.

    2-The person who I am afraid might tell my husband is Harry.


    Correct.

    3-The person who I fear might tell my husband is Harry.

    Correct.

    4-The person who I am afraid most might tell my husband is Harry.

    Incorrect. I am most afraid, not I am afraid most.

    5-The person who I fear most might tell my husband is Harry.

    Grudgingly marked correct, although I prefer most fear to fear most.

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    Default Re: who I know might

    All of the above are incorrect , the word who should be replaced with the word whom .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi watcher View Post
    All of the above are incorrect. The word 'who' should be replaced with the word 'whom'.
    Hi Kiwi Watcher, if you're going to be answering questions in the "Ask a Teacher" forum, you need to state that you are not a teacher. Also, you should try to punctuate and quote properly. There are no spaces before commas or periods, and you can't join two sentences with a comma.
    This is important because many students here tend to base their usage on that of native writers.

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    Default Re: who I know might

    OK .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi watcher View Post
    All of the above are incorrect , the word who should be replaced with the word whom .
    As Clarence Darrow so elegantly put it, "Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?"

    This forum is about helping people learn English.

    And you are not a teacher.
    Last edited by probus; 03-Feb-2013 at 14:46. Reason: correct typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi watcher View Post
    All of the above are incorrect , the word who should be replaced with the word whom .
    Jut in case learners are unclear, 'whom' is not correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which of the following are correct:

    2-The person who I am afraid might tell my husband is Harry.
    May I ask you something? Why didn't you put the preposition 'of' in that sentence after 'afraid' because we normally say that e.g. 'I am afraid of you'?

    -The person who I am afraid of might tell my husband is Harry.

    Is that wrong to use?

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    Default Re: who I know might

    You are not afraid of Harry. You are afraid that Harry might tell your husband.

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    Default Re: who I know might

    I am afraid Harry might tell my husband.
    I am afraid that Harry might tell my husband.
    The person who might tell my husband is Harry.
    The person I am afraid might tell my husband is Harry.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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