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    whom/who I have to

    It seems that ‘contemporary’ English allows the use of ‘who’ in the following sentence. However, in academic setting, English purists would (likely) use ‘whom’ based on traditional grammar rules – I think.

    The Bradfords, whom/who I have to babysit for, are planning to relocate to the West coast.

    If I am sitting for an examination, I think I would use ‘whom’.

    Thank you for helping me to understand

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    Re: whom/who I have to

    Purists would say "... for whom I have to babysit".

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    Re: whom/who I have to

    The answer has to be in this form: The Bradfords, whom/who I have to babysit for, are planning to relocate to the West coast.

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    Re: whom/who I have to

    The 'who' is the natural form for most native speakers.

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    Re: whom/who I have to

    I agree. Whom with the preposition coming where it does in the sentence sounds odd to me. I can't say it's wrong, but it doesn't sound natural to me.

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