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    "Whom" as indirect object?

    Whom did we give the order to?

    Could "whom" be the indirect object of the verb "did give"?

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Yes, but you would most often hear/use "who".

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Yes, but you would most often hear/use "who".
    We did give the order to "who."

    Incorrect, I believe.

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Whom did we give the order to?

    Could "whom" be the indirect object of the verb "did give"?
    No. It is the object of the preposition 'to'.

    We gave John (indirect object) the order.
    We gave the order to John (prepositional object).
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    I think it is, yes.

    Note that the verb is give, not did give.

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Gave.

    Who gave the order to ...
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Whom did we give the order to?

    Could "whom" be the indirect object of the verb "did give"?
    No, "whom" is complement of the preposition "to". Just because it questions the identity of the recipient doesn't mean it's an indirect object.

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    We did give the order to "who."

    Incorrect, I believe.
    Didn't say it was correct. Just referring to popular usage.

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    Re: "Whom" as indirect object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Didn't say it was correct. Just referring to popular usage.
    Dumbing of America. I hear newscasters using incorrect English. And Lord knows how many hours they spent studying.

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