talk to who?

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ademoglu

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Hi,

I'd like to ask if it is OK to say 'talk to who' informally instead of using 'whom' as in:

A: You need to talk to someone.
B: Talk to who?

Is the usage of 'who' is OK in an informal conversation?

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Skrej

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Is it grammatically correct? No.
Will you frequently hear it even though it's incorrect? Yes.

The who/whom distinction is rarely used correctly even by native speakers, and the distinction seems to be dropping out of usage altogether.

That being said, I guess it's your decision on whether you wish to break the grammar rules. I will say it's not one of those errors anyone is likely to notice, nor will it cause any confusion or misunderstanding.
 
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