1. gothicpartner

    gothicpartner Senior Member

    Hi, all

    Could you confirm the following?

    I know that

    The girl whom I danced with is...= The girl I danced with is... ( In moder-day speech, you usually leave out "whom").

    Okay, but I've found this sentence: He's a tough person to work with, so I deduced that is the same as " He's a tough person whom to work with", i.e, they also omitted the "whom"

    Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  2. Chris K Senior Member

    Tacoma WA, US
    English / US
    The girl whom I danced with is... = The girl I danced with is...; you can't leave out "with."

    He's a tough person to work with = He's a tough person with whom to work. (We would rarely say the latter, however.)
  3. grahamcracker Senior Member

    In the examples you gave, you need "who" or "whom", even if you use the incorrect colloquial form. In other words, if you relax the grammar, which Americans often do, it will still sound bad if you omit "who".

    Your sentence in red is correct.

    As for the first one, "The girl with whom I danced..." is correct but you're likely to hear "The girl I danced with.." The common form is not technically correct.

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