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For whom/for which/whose in speech (please respond only if you're a native English speaker) Hi! I'd like to know how native English speakers say the following sentence in a casual conversation. " The company for whom/ for which I recently provided the translation suddenly contacted me." 1) Would you say to a friend the same as above, or would you rather say " the company (that) I recently provided the translation for suddenly contacted me."? 2) And how about "whose"? Do you use that often in a casual conversation?Do you say for example, " I forgot the name of the artist whose exhibition I've been to last week"? Or is there a better/simpler way of saying that in conversation? I started to have doubts on such simple things that I'd never ever questioned before, after learning their French equivalent "pour laquelle/dont/avec qui/à quoi" etc!! I'd appreciate help from English native speakers. Thanks!
Oct 3, 2018 11:05 PM
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Hi Yukari! 1) We would generally use "which" here. Which refers to a thing or an idea, and to also ask about choices. In this case it is in reference to the translation. When "who" is the object of a verb, "whom" can be used instead, but it is formal and rather old-fashioned! 2) Whose refers to ownership and is used in casual conversation for sure, for example: "Whose bag is this?" "There's the student whose asked a question about who, whom and whose!"
October 3, 2018
October 4, 2018
"I forgot the name of the artist whose exhibition I've been to last week" You would most likely not hear a sentence like this in a real conversation. At least not in the US, where I live. It would be more common to hear something like: "You know, the exhibition I went to last week, I completely forgot the name of the artist." or "I went to this exhibition last week and can't remember the name of the artist anymore".
October 4, 2018
Good spot! I made a mistake there. Lee, thank you for correcting me!
October 4, 2018
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