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    #1

    'Who' after a preposition

    Is this sentence correct?


    "She will give this report to who looks honest."

    Or can someone give me a couple of correct examples where a preposition is followed by "who"?

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    #2

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    Personally I do not like this sentence. I'm not even sure if it is grammatically correct. I'd replace "to who" with "to whom".
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    I would add 'someone' before 'who'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    I must admit Matthew's sentence works even better.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertM1 View Post
    Is this sentence correct?


    "She will give this report to who looks honest."

    Or can someone give me a couple of correct examples where a preposition is followed by "who"?
    The original was not correct. Matthew's suggestion is.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    She will give the report to someone who looks honest.
    She will give the report to anyone who looks honest.
    She will give the report to a/the person who looks honest.
    She will give the report to whomever looks honest.
    She will give the report to whomsoever looks honest.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    She will give the report to whomever looks honest.
    She will give the report to whomsoever looks honest.
    Ouch. The underlined words may be the prepositional objects of 'to', but they are also the subjects of the following verbs. I'd drop the 'm'.

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    #8

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    I dithered over that (clearly I didn't dither enough) and went with the object of "to". And this is why I'm a conversational English teacher, not a grammar teacher!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: 'Who' after a preposition

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Robert:

    1. I just wanted to congratulate you on knowing the rule: one uses the objective form after a preposition.

    a. Whom did you buy that gift for? (You did buy that gift for whom?)

    2. But as the other posters have shown you, this rule does NOT apply if the pronoun "who" is the subject of the following sentence.

    a. I have noticed that some native speakers here in the United States will often say something like:

    "Please give this to whomever comes first."

    i . If course, it should be "whoever," for it is the subject of "comes first."

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