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    #1

    Who was vs who were

    Is there any difference in meaning between these questions:
    Who was with you? and
    Who were you with?

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    Re: Who vs who

    They mean the same thing. You were all with each other.

    Many teachers and editors would advise you to say "Whom were you with?" However, "Who were you with?" is more common and, to most ears, more natural.

    I recommend whom for formal writing and speaking, who for informal writing and speaking. But some teachers and editors prefer dumping whom altogether.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Who vs who

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post

    Many teachers and editors would advise you to say "Whom were you with?"
    Not many in the UK would.

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    #4

    Re: Who vs who

    Okay. Some! I don't have a number for many, anyway.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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