a girl whom I often play tennis with

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Ocham, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Ocham Senior Member

    Tokyo
    Japanese
    Hi, everyone
    I know, I know, in hundreds of threads of this kind the same theme
    has been discussed, but I really want to make it clear just in the
    following sentence:

    1 Mary is the girl whom I often play tennis with.
    2 Mary is the girl who I often play tennis with.
    3 Mary is the girl I often play tennis with.
    4 Mary is the girl with whom I often play tennis.

    Please tell me again how each sentence sounds to you in either
    colloquial speech or writing.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2008
  2. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Adelaide
    Australia English
    Sentences 2 and 3 are normal speech.

    You may encounter 4 in writing, or in careful speech.

    Sentence 1 is the least likely to be used.
     
  3. Ocham Senior Member

    Tokyo
    Japanese
    Thank you for your prompt reply, Brioche
    It's very helpful.
     
  4. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Brioche's reply holds true for American English also.
     

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