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Old Dec 26th 2014, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: Drop the word "whom"?

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Originally Posted by Tom Palven View Post
"To whom this may concern" has the same meaning as "To who this may concern."

Are there any instances where "whom" clarifies anything, or adds extra meaning to the word "who"?

If the word "whom" adds no meaning, and only adds to confusion as to when it "should" be used, would it be okay if we just eliminated it?
If you eliminated it and other people do the same, it will be just a matter of time before the word will become anachronistic. Rather like the way "irregardless" or "inflammable" have become non-words.

The 'rules' of English language are not actual rules - they are guides of actual usage. English evolves all the time.
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