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    Default Relative pronoun, indirect object

    1. He knows the woman we bought the cellphone yesterday.
    2. He knows the woman that we bought the cellphone yesterday.
    3. He knows the woman who we bought the cellphone yesterday.
    4. He knows the woman whom we bought the cellphone yesterday.
    5. Does he know the woman we bought the cellphone yesterday?
    6. Does he know the woman that we bought the cellphone yesterday?
    7. Does he know the woman who we bought the cellphone yesterday?
    8. Does he know the woman whom we bought the cellphone yesterday?
    Which of the above sentences is not acceptable?
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    Last edited by sitifan; 06-Feb-2009 at 00:31.

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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    Hi

    I am not sure of the full answer but here is an indication of which one is acceptable:

    He knows the woman whom we bought the cellphone yesterday

    He is object, whom is indirect object also relative pronoun

    The relative pronouns are:
    who, whom, whose, that, and which

    Who and whom both refer to persons. Who is the subject such as 'the person who was just speaking' and whom refers to the object such as 'the person whom I drove to the station'

    These example were taken from book "A Grammar Companion for Primary Teachers."

    Hope this helps

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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    sitifan, none of the sentences are acceptable. The correct sentences would be:

    - He knows the woman who bought the cellphone yesterday.
    - Does he know the woman who bought the cellphone yesterday?

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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedwell View Post
    sitifan, none of the sentences are acceptable.
    That was my reaction as well, but in an other thread which you started with the same question word for word, and of which I can't trace the whereabouts.
    Stifian, do you not know by any chance what happened?

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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    1. I bought the present for the lady.
    2. The lady for whom I bought the present was Ms. Lin.
    3. I bought the lady the present.
    4. The lady whom I bought the present was Ms. Lin.
    I think #1, #2 and #3 are all acceptable. Is #4 also acceptable?
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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    No.

    An acceptable alternate might be, "The lady I bought the present for was Mrs. Lin." But that probably doesn't fit your pronoun use case.

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    Default Re: Relative pronoun, indirect object

    I am assuming the question is asking you to identify the relative pronoun which is the indirect object or a relative pronoun and a indirect object.

    1. I bought the present for the lady.
    2. The lady for whom I bought the present was Ms. Lin.
    3. I boght the lady the present.
    4. The lady whom I bought the present was Ms. Lin.
    I think #1, #2 and #3 are all acceptable. Is #4 also acceptable?

    Here are my thoughts for second set of examples:

    Number 1, 3 do not contain relative pronouns. I is personal pronoun.

    Number 3 doesn't make sense with for but number 4 would make sense with for before Ms. Lin.

    I will break down 4:
    The lady whom I bought the present was Ms. Lin.
    I bought the present - I is the subject of the verb
    whom or Ms.Lin is the object of the verb

    So indirect object is whom which is also a relative pronoun
    You could also say Ms.Lin is the indirect object and whom is the relative pronoun

    These are suggestions by a student teacher as I am still learning

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