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Whom can I talk to?

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who can i talk to

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updated SEP 1, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by kdb24
"Who can I talk to?" is the correct way to present this question. You could also say "To whom can I talk?" but it sounds odd. - --Mariana--, SEP 1, 2009
"To whom.." is technically the correct grammatical phrasing. "Who can I talk to?" is incorrect, as you are not to end a sentence in a preposition. However it is common is daily language. Don't know if you were looking for English corrections...? - DR1960, SEP 1, 2009

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Not ending a sentence with a preposition was a valid rule/observation about Latin (and is about Spanish). There have been misguided attempts to "impose" the same rule on English. Serious (and knowledgeable) writers about English usage have been rejecting the relevance of the rule to English pretty much since the "rule" was first proposed (cf. Fowler, Churchill at al.)

"Who should I talk to?

If by "correct" you mean that it follows the rules and internal logic of the language, then "who" is incorrect (it is the object of the preposition "to" [no matter where placed] and the objective case of the interrogative pronoun is "whom"). If, on the other hand, you are misusing the term to mean "popular", widely [perhaps, almost universally] used" then you may wish to call it "correct".

updated SEP 1, 2009
edited by samdie
posted by samdie
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My apologies to the author of this thread. It seems that he did, indeed, post a questions that prompted responses and that he did it in a very clever manner.

updated SEP 1, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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You can talk to anyone who wishes to reply, but to bring that about, I would suggest that you post a question more likely to invoke a response.

updated SEP 1, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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