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    #1

    losing words?

    Hi everyone there!
    I just would like to ask why we don't use any more the form whom by making a questions whom have you visited? Whom did you say that? or the prepositions to by asking where are you going to?
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    German

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    Re: losing words?

    Hello

    As you know, the rule is to use who for semantic subjects and whom for semantic objects. For example,
    [1] I have visited whom. <object of 'visited'>
    [2] Whom have you visited? <object of 'visited'>
    But when that WH-word sits in a subject position, as in the second example above, speakers might use who instead of whom.
    Who have you visited? <Subject of the sentence>
    Prepositions are omitted only if their meaning can be picked up in the context:
    Where are you going (to)?
    What time will you go (at)?

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    Re: losing words?

    Hi there,
    thanks for your answer, but I insist (but don't listen to me!): If I ask: "Who have you visited?" I understand by "Who" the subject that is doing the action visiting and not the object that is visited. Anyway, if it's that way, what can I do, English is not my language, I'm becoming an English teacher and I desire to know as the rules as the spoken language is in use. I thank you again for your reply and hope you are willing to respond me questions for coming,
    All the best,
    Germán Martínez

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