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    sitifan is offline Senior Member
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    Default who(m); who(m)ever

    1. ...give this book to whoever needs it.
    2. ...give this book to whomever you like.
    3. ...give this book to who needs it.
    4. ...give this book to whom you like.
    #1 and #2 are correct. Are #3 and #4 also acceptable in contemporary English?

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    abaka is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: who(m); who(m)ever

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. ...give this book to whoever needs it.
    2. ...give this book to whomever you like.
    3. ...give this book to who needs it.
    4. ...give this book to whom you like.
    #1 and #2 are correct. Are #3 and #4 also acceptable in contemporary English?
    My opinion, for what it's worth, is that (3) is unacceptable, and that (4) is both unacceptable and pretentious.

    Also acceptable in mod. E., although informal, is "give this book to whoever you like".
    Last edited by abaka; 20-Jan-2009 at 02:57. Reason: Remove a dubious judgement; add soething else.

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