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    Sentenses Correction

    Hi,

    are the following correct sentenses?

    I did not know who you mean.
    who did you see in the hotel?

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    Re: Sentenses Correction

    "I did not know who you mean." This sentence is incorrect because the tenses do not match. "I do not know who you mean" and "I did not know who you meant" are correct.

    "who did you see in the hotel?" would be correct if you capitalized the initial W.

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    Re: Sentenses Correction

    Your second sentence would be very common. In formal writing or speech, however, the who should be whom because it is the direct object of "see".

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    Re: Sentenses Correction

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your second sentence would be very common. In formal writing or speech, however, the who should be whom because it is the direct object of "see".
    In British English, 'whom' would be uncommon in speech, even in formal speech. Even in (formal) writing, 'who' would be acceptable. 'Whom' is used only when it follows a preposition: To whom it may concern.

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    Re: Sentenses Correction

    Yes, whom is disappearing here also, but there are many editors and well-educated people who expect its use when appropriate.

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