[General] Clarificaion required when relative pronoun is used

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damodaran

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The following is a dialogue between a senior and junior in an office during junior's first day

1) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, who you have not met yet, who will you be working a little more closely with.

2) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, whom you have not met yet, who will be working a little more closely with you.

3) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, whom you have not met yet, with whom you will be working a little more closely.

I feel all the above 3 sentences are giving same meaning. I also feel that the 1st one is wrong. Am I right?

Which relative pronoun to be used. "Who" or "Whom" ?

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The following is a dialogue between a senior and junior in an office during junior's first day

1) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, who you have not met yet, who will you be working a little more closely with.
2) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, whom you have not met yet, who will be working a little more closely with you.
3) Senior told Junior: I will introduce you to a couple of people, whom you have not met yet, with whom you will be working a little more closely..
They are all incorrect. In all three, who(m) will you be working should be who(m) you will be working.

In all three, it is possible to have the commas, to mark off a non-defining relative clause, or to omit them, for a defining relative clause.

'Who' is fine in both clauses; purists prefer 'whom'. If you use 'whom', the 'with' in the second clause is better before it. If the first relative clause is defining, 'who(m) can be omitted. If the second relative clause is defining, with 'with at the end, 'who(m)' can be omitted.
 
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