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Which one is correct? and why?
1) I never know who they're trying to fool.
2) I never know to whom they're trying to fool.
3) I never know whom they're trying to fool.
Thanks for your explanation...:))
The fact that one is more widely used than the other does not make it correct. "Whom" is the correct form in this case.
For the benefit of students of the language who by now must be completely baffled, let's compromise and say that 'whom' is correct, but that they will hear 'who' more often from native speakers who don't know or don't care about the difference.
I agree with Rover.
Yes, "whom" is still alive, but it usually shows up only immediately after a preposition.
Many people will consider "whom" in the original sentence "hyper-correct" even though it is quite correct.
The version with "who" is more natural to most ears and more used than the version with whom.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
A similar kind of discussion that happened before. Please refer to the above thread.