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    Hello,

    Do you say , could you provide me with the customerīs phone number or provide me the customerīs phone number? Do you always use provide someone "with"

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    The "with" is not needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The "with" is not needed.
    This is probably a minor difference between American English and British English.

    MikeNY has told you it is not needed in AmE, but it would always be used in BrE.

    This may be what made you ask the question, especially if you've seen it in AmE and BrE books, because that very slight difference will always be there between the two forms of English.

    So, whether or not you use "with" will depend on who you are writing to.
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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    on who
    Should it be 'on whom'?

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    #5

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    Technically, yes. In practice it varies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should it be 'on whom'?
    Eckaslike's 'who' is perfectly acceptable in modern BrE.

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    Hi Matthew,

    Some people use whom, others now don't. Traditionally "to whom" would have been used:

    "So, whether or not you use "with" will depend on to whom you are writing".

    If you are going to use the formal "whom" you would also need to reorganise the end of the sentence so as to not end with the word "to".

    That sentence now sounds quite clumsy and unnatural to me, which is why many people don't like using it and prefer the more natural spoken form using "who" instead.

    However, my grandmother would have used "whom" quite naturally on the phone by saying, "To whom am I speaking?". [That actually works better, but I can't remember when I last heard it used].

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    Hello,

    The thing is that once I asked my question about " with" to an American friend and I think he said that I have always to use it so now I am confused haha. Regarding whom , would you not say whom am I talking to? I dont understand why you place to in front of whom.

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    Re: Provide

    There are scores of threads covering 'who/whom'. Click here and let's gets back on topic.

    In BE, we say 'I'll provide you with the details'. But 'with' is not needed when we say 'You bring the canapés and I'll provide the champagne'.

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    "I'll provide you with the details" is just another way of stating an indirect object. I will provide the details to you. Another way of using the indirect object is "I will provide (to) you the details.

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