1. He is the man whom Jane was referring to.
2, He is the mans that Jane was referring to.
3. He is the man Jane was referring to.
Sentence 1 is grammatical of course and I wonder about sentence 2 and 3.
Is it possible to omit objective relative pronoun in 2 and 3?
He is the man who Jane was referring to.
Dear native English speakers of this forum,
Please, always point out my grammatical mistakes, assuming you have "the time and the inclination". That is really the most effective way for me to improve. Thank you very much.
Please note that I am NOT an English teacher.
When it refers to a subject you can only use 'who' and when it refers to an object you can use either 'who' or 'whom.' Although the use of 'whom' is considered as an old and very formal way and it is not usually used in everyday speaking. You can use 'whom' in formal writing or speech but only with the objective use. (for more)