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Which is correct:
1-I know two lawyers both of whom are competent.
2-I know two lawyers both of which are competent.

Is 2 ever used by native speakers?
 

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I agree with Francois, though you might possibly hear it. However, it wouldn't be regarded as very good English; more of a performance error.;-)
 

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Thanks TDOL.
I heard it in a film, that's why I asked. I think it is sometimes used simply because you can't use "who" here instead of "whom" and "whom" is starting to sound a bit too refined.
That is of-course only my theory.
 

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Maybe the speaker doesn't think of lawyers as human. :lol:

It could be to avoid using 'whom', but I wouldn't recommend it- a student who did it in an exam would be marked wrong.;-)
 

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navi tasan said:
Which is correct:
1-I know two lawyers both of whom are competent.
2-I know two lawyers both of which are competent.

Is 2 ever used by native speakers?

I agree with the others, but I'll add that a comma should be placed after "lawyers".
 

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Good point!
 

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You're welcome Mike.
 
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