Using "to" after "whom" within a sentence and NOT end it in a preposition
I know "To whom do I write in order to complain..." is more acceptable/formal/clear. But, is it still correct to place the "to" after "whom" AND not end it with that preposition?
Whom do I write to in order to complain about customer service?
The subject/object question is confusing in a sentence like this because either way, it feels like "I" is the subject. One way to test a rule is to swap out the word for something that is easier to "hear" if there is an error. An alternate pronoun is he (subject) or him (object). Wording it as a statement rather than a question can help for clarity as well.
He is the one I complain to about customer service. (He is in the subject position.)
I complain to him about customer service. (Him is in the object position.)
Who is the subject form of the word and whom is the object form. So now you can rewrite your questions using the appropriate form.
Who do I complain to about customer service?
I complain to whom about customer service?
|link||answered Jul 30 '12 at 21:24 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
here is a fun link, whether you already understand the distinction between "who" and "whom" or not! after starting the e-lesson, the topic is discussed on page 5, but I would start from the beginning: www.linguicon.com/schools/students/grammar/grammar-2-050/
|link comment||answered Jan 10 at 19:55 esteban jonatan New member|
Hero of the day
Person asked the most questions.