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    #1

    addressed to

    Hello,
    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.

    Same as:
    Whom are you talking about.
    rather than:
    About whom are you talking.

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: addressed to

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    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.

    Same as:
    Whom are you talking about.
    rather than:
    About whom are you talking.

    Cheers!
    I would say them like this:
    To whom was it addressed?
    or:
    Who was it addressed to?

    Who are you talking to?
    or:
    To whom are you talking?

    Who are you talking about?
    or:
    About whom are you talking?

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    #3

    Re: addressed to

    Thanks.

    Interesting.
    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?

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: addressed to

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thanks.

    Interesting.
    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?

    Cheers!
    I agree with bhai. The grammar of "whom" is changing.
    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.

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