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    #1

    on who to support

    "A decision can then be taken on who to support in the presidential election on 26 February 2016." [From the BBC Sport website.]

    who to support is the object of the preposition on in the above sentence and my questions are: (i) is the "who to support" used in the pattern of, e.g., "a book to read", "a work to do", "they forced them to leave", etc., and (ii) why isn't the objective pronoun "whom" used in the prepositional phrase on who to support?

    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    #2

    Re: on who to support

    Grammatically, it should be "whom", but the use of "whom" is disappearing in many places.

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    #3

    Re: on who to support

    1. Yes, pretty much.
    2. We just don't use "whom" that much anymore. (There is nothing wrong with the sentence in question, IMO.)

    (I don't know what they teach in ESL class, but then I have never taken an ESL class.)

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    #4

    Re: on who to support

    Yes, we learn English often use "who" not "whom" and this feels OK for me.

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    Re: on who to support

    Welcome to UE! Do be warned that I sometimes make attempts at humor. Please post some questions about English usage, and give me something to do.

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