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    Which is correct?

    (1) It was Mary who I saw at the market.
    (2) It was Mary whom I saw at the market.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    The second is technically correct. Many people, however, would use the first.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Both are correct. Not a native speaker nor a teacher.

    Whoops, crossposted with Mike .
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 04-Jul-2015 at 16:07. Reason: added "whoops"
    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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    Lightbulb Re: Which is correct?

    Both of them are correct, I think.
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    Re: Which is correct?

    Welcome to the forum, Zawlynn.

    Please read this extract from the forum rules:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post . Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice provide the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.
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    #6

    Re: Which is correct?

    kyawwin, please note that a better title would have been It was Mary who/whom I saw.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Which is correct?

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    Hello, Kyawwin:

    This is how I see it.

    1. It was Mary I saw at the market. = Very natural and totally acceptable.

    2. It was Mary whom I saw at the market. = Excellent English according to traditional rules. I doubt that many native speakers would use it. One reason is that it takes a lot of effort to pronounce "whom," and the other reason is that -- in my opinion -- many Americans do not know or care about the rule.

    3. It was Mary who I saw at the market. = If a speaker decides to use a relative pronoun, s/he would probably choose "who," for it sounds more natural and is easier to pronounce. Of course, as you may already know, it breaks the rule.

    4. It was Mary that I saw at the market.

    a. Although some (many?) native speakers in 2015 might not accept "that," some people do. Their explanation: the antecedent is "it." Therefore, the sentence is to be analyzed as: It (that I saw at the market) was Mary.


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    In my opinion, if you want to speak natural-sounding English with friends and co-workers, it would probably be a good idea to use sentences #1 and #3.
    Last edited by TheParser; 04-Jul-2015 at 19:09.

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