Interested in Language
Is it okay to ask:
To whom was it addressed?
Or is it maybe better to ask:
Whom was it addressed to?
(A guy said something and you don't know whom he meant.)
I know that:
Whom are you talking to.
is better than:
To whom are you talking.
Whom are you talking about.
About whom are you talking.
Would you also say:
Who did you see? (you saw someone.)
Who saw you? (someone saw you.)
There is a clear difference between these two sentence.
So maybe there is no need to ask:
Whom did you see?
But bhaisahab, this doesn't mean that my three sentences (from post #1) would be wrong if I used whom instead of who, does it?
It's just an option, isn't it?
It is still common to use "whom" after a preposition.
"To whom are you talking?"
But it's rare these days to use "whom" as the first word of a question - even though it's right in traditional grammar.
* "Whom are you talking to?" Becoming obsolete.
"Who are you talking to?" Correct, by usage.