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I have recently written a short text, but I'm struggling with one sentence.
It's "The man to whom the last sentence was adressed". Should it rather be "The man who the last sentence was adressed to"?
I tried to look for general rules of word "whom" usage, but I didn't manage to resolve my problem.
How should a sentence like this look? Is any of these I have written above correct?
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You have already received the answer. May I just add a few points that may interest you? The following is my opinion.
1. "The man to whom the last sentence was addressed is my best friend." This is the most formal sentence possible. In 2015, very few people would speak or even write like this. Grammatically, however, it is correct. After a preposition (such as "to") the pronoun should be in the objective case.
2. "The man whom the last sentence was addressed to is my best friend." This is also considered too formal -- because of the word "whom." But some people are more ready to accept this sentence than #1. The distance between "whom" and "to" seems to make it a little more acceptable to people who do not use "whom."
3. "The man who the last sentence was addressed to is my best friend." THIS sentence is the one that almost everyone would say and write in 2015.
a. If you happen to have a very strict teacher who goes by the rules, then s/he would mark it as incorrect. (Please see my comments about sentence #1.)
Most experts tell us that the word "whom" is disappearing, except in a few set phrases, such as "To whom it may concern."
A few experts feel that "whom" is a fine word and should be kept, especially in writing.
I am an elderly person who firmly believes that people should use "whom," especially in writing (I admit that it takes more energy to say "whom" than it takes to say "who.")
Which word to use, of course, is your decision.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Sep-2015 at 15:28. Reason: Fixed minor typo