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    #1

    whom

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He is the employee about whom I'd like to ask you questions.
    2-He is the employee about whom I have to know what he does for a living.

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    #2

    Re: whom

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    1 is fine if overformal.

    2 may be grammatically correct, but it is so awkward that it is difficult to tell-- the reader doesn't want to bother sorting out a mixed bag of subjects and objects; s/he just wants it to be comprehensible:

    'I want to know what this employee does for a living. No, not that one-- this one.'

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    #3

    Re: whom

    1-He is the employee about whom I'd like to ask you questions.


    A more likely sentence is: He's the employee I want to ask you some questions about.

    or: He's the one I want to ask you about.

    or: I want to ask you some questions about him.

    These are more likely in spoken language. "Whom" is not used often.

    I think the context would say "he's the employee". The speaker might not really need to say that.

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