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    Which is correct:
    1-I know two lawyers both of whom are competent.
    2-I know two lawyers both of which are competent.

    Is 2 ever used by native speakers?


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    #2
    The first one is correct, the second one is not.

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    #3
    I agree with Francois, though you might possibly hear it. However, it wouldn't be regarded as very good English; more of a performance error.

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    Thanks TDOL.
    I heard it in a film, that's why I asked. I think it is sometimes used simply because you can't use "who" here instead of "whom" and "whom" is starting to sound a bit too refined.
    That is of-course only my theory.

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    #5
    Maybe the speaker doesn't think of lawyers as human.

    It could be to avoid using 'whom', but I wouldn't recommend it- a student who did it in an exam would be marked wrong.

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    #6

    Re: both of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which is correct:
    1-I know two lawyers both of whom are competent.
    2-I know two lawyers both of which are competent.

    Is 2 ever used by native speakers?
    I agree with the others, but I'll add that a comma should be placed after "lawyers".

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    #7
    Good point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Good point!
    Thank you! :D

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    You're welcome Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    You're welcome Mike.

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