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the usage of the Prepositional Object "whom" To whom did you give the parcel? , Whom did you give the parcel to? which is right? Thank you in advance.Thank you two overman.
Feb 17, 2010 12:15 PM
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The prepositional object 'whom' is required in formal English. The first sentence, 'To whom did you give the parcel?" would satisfy the requirements of even the strictest grammarians, i.e., those who believe that whenever possible a sentence should not end with a preposition. In formal written English this is probably the preferred way of expressing the idea. The second sentence 'Whom did you give the parcel to?' is also correct. Most grammar experts believe that ending a sentence with a preposition in a sentence like this is fine when you are speaking because it sounds more natural. I am sure, however, that you can find someone who disagrees. In informal spoken English the sentence 'Who did you give the parcel to?' is perfectly acceptable. I didn't see that fdmaxey had already answered your question before I posted this. I agree with his assessment.
February 17, 2010
For the strictest English teachers, "To whom did you give the parcel?" would be preferred because its considered bad to end a sentence with a preposition. Actually, in normal spoken English, 99% of the time you would hear "Who did you give the parcel to." People end sentences in English with prepositions all the time and the world hasn't ended...yet.
February 17, 2010
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