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It is necessary to use “who” a second time in this sentence?

Here’s an example of a sentence I’ve come across — actually, part of a sentence. Is it necessary to use "who" a second time in the sentence, before "may" (see example below)? If not necessary, is it ...
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Indian English, use of who

Maya is sister of dhara who is doctor. Maya is sister of dhara, who is doctor. In both statements who is used for which person???
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“Those who hold …” vs “Those whom hold …” [duplicate]

Random English exercise for myself because I like words: Those who hold the plant will die. Those whom hold the plant will die. Which sentence is grammatically correct? Opinion: It is ...
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Who + Present Perfect & Present Perfect Continuous

Can I ask these questions, as to understand what happened while I was in the other room talking on the phone? Does the first one put emphasis on the complete result and the second one on the ...
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Whom should I say is calling?

Note, originally my question was "should I ask" instead of what I meant, which is "should I say". Sorry for the confusion. If I do an internet search about: Whom should/shall I say is calling. I ...
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Identifying the subject: Should ‘who’ or ‘whom’ be used here?

Now, while I think I have come to terms with 'who' and 'whom', I read an article from Oxford Dictionaries that confused me: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/who-or-whom This article states ...
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Subordinating conjunctions “who” & “when” as subject clause?

I understand who and when can be used to introduce adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. The time when is good for us to meet has not been decided. The person who is ...
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I am confused of using 'who' or 'whom' or 'whose' in the sentence [closed]

Is it right to say? He can recognize brands of cars that are whose certain country has a manufacturer of. I am certainly confused to compose such complicated sentences. UPD. I think it may be a ...
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Who or whom in resume bullet

I've read the other posts outlining usage of who vs. whom, but I can't seem to apply them to this sentence (or rather bullet point on a resume). Should I be using who or whom (or something else ...
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“Never knew who to trust” - Object in indirect question [duplicate]

The phrase "never knew who to trust" is from a fairly recent popular song. It should be "never knew whom to trust". My question is: how do you reach that change? Is it because "whom to trust" ...
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Why is it “Who do you help?,” not “Whom do you help?”?

I happened to watch a lecturer was explaining word order of English in the beginners’ English learning course in NHK’s - Japan’s largest and publicly-owned broadcasting network – educational TV ...
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“Whom” or “who” in this context? [duplicate]

I'm not a native speaker so my apologies if this question is dumb. Which one of these is correct? I didn't know what to do, so I asked my sister whom has done this before I didn't know what to ...
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Wrong uses of 'whom' [duplicate]

Would I be right in thinking that all the following examples of 'whom' should actually be 'who'? They have mainly been culled from Private Eye, with a couple from the BBC website and elsewhere. whom ...
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Is it who, whom or, that?

For the phrase, "... more than those that have come before." what is most correct? Is it who, whom or, that?
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Which is correct English? “The girl who(m) they say is a singer” [duplicate]

The girl who they say is a singer, met me last night. or The girl whom they say is a singer, met me last night. Note: We Follow British English.
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Who/whom dilemma [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? She sees Mr. Robinson, whom she contends is the best she has known. She sees Mr. Robinson, who she contends is the best she has known....
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Who and whom problem [duplicate]

I learned the rule recently. Then I was confused a little bit. The song Every lie, by My Darkest Days, has the line: Trying to undo the love that I'm tied to. Who haven't you lied to? as far as I ...
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Usage-relative-verbs [duplicate]

I am confused about Auxiliary verbs. My question is as below : I who has or have not made a noise wants or want to leave the class. Clarification: Since the pronoun (I) is a first-person in ...
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Is it “That's the family that is moving in…” or “That's (they're?) the family who is (are?) moving in…”?

I know that 'who' refers to people and 'that' refers to things. But what about when the thing IS people, such as a family? Would I say, "That's the family that is moving in next door soon.", or "That'...
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Would I use who or whom in this scenario? [duplicate]

I know there are numerous examples of who vs whom. But I can't find anything that really makes me feel confident in how to write this. The sentence is The two most important are the satisfaction ...
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“I wondered who the bag…” vs. “I wondered whom the bag…”

I know this is very trite question to ask but the following example causes me some puzzlement To whom does this bag belong? Who does this bag belong to? These two type of constructions ...
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What is the mistake in “There are many Danes who speak English”?

My students — Danish high school, year 13 — have to identify and explain mistakes in sentences. I have corrected so many, I cannot find the problem in this one: There are many Danes who speak ...
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Who or whom in this sentence? [duplicate]

I know these days the likely hood of using whom, except when writing or speaking formally, is pretty slim, but I still find it interesting. I do fine with the whole thing but there’s one particular ...
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Is there an easy and succinct way to say this? (question regarding the relative pronoun: who/whom)

Say I wanted to shorten the phrase "It's on the back of the man who is over there" so that the first clause becomes "the man's back." Is there any way to move from there with any kind of conjunction? ...
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Can we delete who

In sentences with there is/are and a relative clause such as these: There is a man who(/that) speaks English. There are some people who (/that) speak English. Can we delete who (or that) ...
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“…will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together” [duplicate]

With a two-party system, our nation will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together. Do I use who or whom for this sentence? I think that "people" is the direct object and ...
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“Who is God” or “What is God”?

Which is correct: "Who is God?" or "What is God?" In my opinion God is "who", but I've just seen a billingual book with a title "What is God?" and I got confused.
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How do I choose between ‘who’ or ‘whom’ when the subject pronoun is murky?

A friend needs help with his who and whom Right on the heels of my recent question regarding why 'who' and 'whom' present difficulties for so many native and non-native learners, comes another ...
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Somewhere, somewhat, somehow, some…day? [duplicate]

While talking to myself the other day, I noticed something odd. We have the five W words and the H: What When Where Who Why How I've heard three of these words said with "some" at the start: ...
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With who or With whom [duplicate]

Live your life with whom you love or Live your life with who you love which one is correct?
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“Who are the neighbors of who?” : is this grammatically correct?

Temporary reopen note: This question may appear at first blush to be about whether to use who or whom. However, the naturalness and grammaticality of this phrase has to do with the periphrastic ...
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“Me who is” or “me who am”?

Generally the verb following who agrees with the subject or object that precedes the who. This makes sense and is expected. When the subject or object that the who refers to is singular, the verb is ...
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Which one is correct [closed]

A. "John gave the slogan". Make it an interrogative sentence with WH-word. Which one is correct? Who did give the slogan? Who gave the slogan? B. "Grandfather came to meet John". Make it an ...
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How did “that” get substituted for “who” or “whom” in common usage? [closed]

I am curious at the ubiquitous use of "that"--rather than "who," or "whom"--when referring to a person. Wondering how it happened that people became equated with objects. Some magazines still use ...
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'Who' versus 'what' when talking about relationships between two people

I'm taking an intro Spanish class and we learned the phrase "qué es ella de ti" to ask how someone is related to someone else. "Qué" is the equivalent of "what". I was confused about why you wouldn't ...
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Is “who are doing the dishes?” an acceptable question?

If you know 2 people are doing the dishes, can you say "who are doing the dishes?" or would it always be "who is?"
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Which is right: “They are who/whom we dislike”?

Which is right in this instance, subject or object pronoun? Further explanation as to why would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Which is right: “It's me/I they want!” & “Who/Whom is it you asked?”?

The questions I have are in the title. Which is right, subject or object pronoun? It's seems the first, "It's me/I they want!," is a reworking of "Subject + Verb + Object" to "Object + Subject + Verb"...
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Would “who’s slept with who” be acceptable in a novel? [closed]

In the sentence below, which version is correct: John pretty much knows who’s slept with who within certain circles in Manhattan. John pretty much knows who’s slept with whom within certain circles ...
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When to use what or who

Which is correct? I'm what you made me or I'm who you made me
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Whom or “of whom”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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Who/whom + who relative clause

Is the following sentence grammatical? "Whom who was in his prime has Floyd Mayweather fought in his career?" I want to question whether Floyd Mayweather has fought any boxer during the boxer's best,...
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What (or who) is the rival gang of the Jets?

Is a gang (or a musical group) considered like a person or an object? I.e. should I ask: Who is the rival gang of the Jets? Or should it be: What is the rival gang of the Jets? What is the ...
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Whose sunshine do you belong to? [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? They are translated from Thai song lyrics. Whose sunshine do you belong to? Who is your sunflower?
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Use of who not directly after subject [closed]

My question is about using 'who' in a sentence. Compare, ...particularly children who are vulnerable... vs. ...particularly children in Germany who are vulnerable.. Is the second sentence ...
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Who or What for question about statement

For the statement: "Obama is the president of the United States." Which of these questions is considered the most correct? Who is Obama? What is Obama? Basically, my question revolves ...
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The Who/Whom examples in Strunk and White's Elements of Grammar [duplicate]

From Strunk & White, Elements of Grammar, 3rd Ed., p.11: "When who introduces a subordinate clause, its case depends on its function in that clause." They then give four examples without ...
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He must decide who/whom to be. Which is correct?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? He must decide who to be. He must decide whom to be. I can think of arguments for both sides, but I'm not sure. To elaborate, is who(m) the ...
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“Who is this about?” or “Whom is this about?”

I've got a video about some famous person and I want to ask someone else "who this person is". Would it be correct to ask: Who is this video about? or Whom is this video about? Thanks a lot!
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What's the correct verb matching for a 'who' referring to the subject of a previous independent clause?

I was proofreading today and came to a weird situation. Maybe I've stared at it too long and I just need to rest my brain. Here was the sentence: "You can rest assured that the question is resolved ...