Is it grammatically correct to say

"One of the disadvantages of chatrooms is that you do not know the people with whom you are talking"?

I think it is better to say "the people you are talking with" but I do not know if the first option would be possible.


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‘The people with whom you are talking’ is formal bordering on the pompous. Your alternative is more appropriate for most occasions, but speakers of British English, at least, would be more likely to say ‘. . . is that you don’t know who you’re talking to’.

  • Anybody would say it that way, Barrie. At least, so I hope.
    – tchrist
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 18:21
  • Saying "talking with" is also formal and unnecessary. Talking to would be more natural and better.
    – Tristan
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 18:45

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