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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    The interviewer asked the writer

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    The interviewer asked the writer for whom he wrote his books. He replied he did it for the lonely and unhappy people like himself.

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    Re: The interviewer asked the writer

    I don't like the use of "for whom" here. Reading it word by word, I found that I expected "The interview asked the writer for ..." to be followed by something like "a quote" or "a cup of tea"!
    I'd use "The interviewer asked the writer who he wrote his books for."

    Remove "the" from the second sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The interviewer asked the writer

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    The interviewer asked the writer for whom he wrote his books.
    The first time I read that, I took it to mean that the writer had written his books for the interviewer.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The interviewer asked the writer

    I'm being a devil's advocate here but isn't that a basic grammar error? Shouldn't "whom" always be used with "for"?

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    Re: The interviewer asked the writer

    A few retrograde English teachers and uninformed grammar scolds insist that only whom is correct. Gratifyingly for the scolds (else they'd have one less thing to grumble about), nearly every English speaker ignores them.
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