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    #1

    whom were you there with?

    Whom were you there with?

    Does it sound natural?
    Is it a good and correct English?

    Honestly, I've never heard such a phrase in my life.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: whom were you there with?

    You must have read it somewhere to be asking about it.

    Where did you encounter it?

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    #3

    Re: whom were you there with?

    "Who were you there with?" is natural now.

    I would say the vast majority of native speakers never use the word "whom" unless it is part of a set expression. (Like "for whom the bell tolls.")

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    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You must have read it somewhere to be asking about it.

    Where did you encounter it?
    My little brother wrote a letter to his friend and I wanted to check it. I just wasn't sure in this sentence.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Who were you there with?" is natural now.

    I would say the vast majority of native speakers never use the word "whom" unless it is part of a set expression. (Like "for whom the bell tolls.")
    I thought so. If I'm writing a formal letter, for example, will it be correct?
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 04-Mar-2014 at 15:46.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Who were you there with?" is natural now.

    I would say the vast majority of native speakers never use the word "whom" unless it is part of a set expression. (Like "for whom the bell tolls.")
    That's an example of using "whom" after a preposition, which is still quite popular, and to me sounds quite acceptable. Those to whom "whom" sounds strange are probably not even noticing the inflected form after prepositions.

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    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's an example of using "whom" after a preposition, which is still quite popular, and to me sounds quite acceptable. Those to whom "whom" sounds strange are probably not even noticing the inflected form after prepositions.
    I frequently use whom after a preposition. There are people who would prefer 'With whom were you there?' but that sounds to me very strait-laced (note my 'omission' of -GH- - I mean it sounds to me like the sort of utterance one would expect from someone wearing a tightly-laced corset ); so in this case I would say 'Who were you there with'. YMMV.

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    #8

    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Whom were you there with?

    Does it sound natural?
    Is it a good and correct English?

    Honestly, I've never heard such a phrase in my life.
    That is correct English. It is a bit formal for regular conversation, but it is not wrong. In formal discourse and writing, it is still preferred by many.
    In that sentence, "whom" is the object of the preposition "with' (even though they are separated). So the objective form is technically correct.

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    #9

    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In that sentence, "whom" is the object of the preposition "with' (even though they are separated). So the objective form is technically correct.
    I would not say that it was even 'technically' correct. "For whom ...?" is grammatically correct, though rather formal. "Who ... for?" is natural and, for most speakers, completely acceptable these days. "Whom ... for?" is an unfortunate mixture of styles.

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    Re: whom were you there with?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I would not say that it was even 'technically' correct. "For whom ...?" is grammatically correct, though rather formal. "Who ... for?" is natural and, for most speakers, completely acceptable these days. "Whom ... for?" is an unfortunate mixture of styles.
    Usage is usage. But the objective form is technically correct. That has not changed.

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