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    #1

    Whom did you sell your house to?

    1. Whom did you sell your house?
    2. Whom did you sell your house to?
    3. To whom did you sell your house?

    I wrote these sentences myself. 'Whom' is a plural interrogative pronoun in all the sentences above. Are all of them grammatically correct?
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    #2

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You need the preposition "to", so 1 is not correct.
    Who and whom are used interchangeably nowadays despite what the grammar rules tell you, so you are more likely to hear: Who did you sell your house to?
    Does 2 work fine?
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    #3

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    #2 is very formal and only a pedant would use it.

    Ted is right about #1 and also when he says you are more likely to hear Who did you sell your house to? but wrong when he says 'Who and whom are used interchangeably nowadays'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Sep-2020 at 09:11.

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    #4

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    In colloquial British English I would use "who" in your second sentence and "whom" in your third but agree that Who did you sell your house to? is the most natural of the options.
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    #5

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Sound natural- use the popular question.

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    #6

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    In spoken American English it's typically pronounced "Who'dja sell your house to?"
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    #7

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In spoken American English it's typically pronounced "Who'dja sell your house to?"

    In spoken English on both sides of the Atlantic the stress is normally on "who" and the rest of the phrase may be partially lost. In BrE it would be "who'dya" or "who did ya". That should not be reflected in your writing.
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    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    In colloquial British English I would use "who" in your second sentence and "whom" in your third but agree that Who did you sell your house to? is the most natural of the options.
    What if more than one persons are being asked, should I still use 'who' and not 'whom' as in 2?
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    #9

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rollercoaster1 View Post
    What if more than one persons person are is being asked? Should I still use 'who' and not 'whom' as in 2?
    The number of people you are asking has nothing to do with it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Whom did you sell your house to?

    Tarheel: Who did you sell your house to?
    Bob: I don't know.
    Tarheel: You don't remember?
    Bob: It was last year. I sold the house. I moved. I have a new place now. I don't remember their names.
    Tarheel: But It was a big transaction.
    Bob: I didn't deal with them. My real estate agent did that. By the way, you're the first person to ask me that question.
    Tarheel: Really?
    Bob: Yes, really.
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