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Re: Multiple wh-words

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2005, 20:57
Ray Brown wrote:
> BTW I get the impression that the actual use of "whom" in _spoken_ English > is confined to parts of north America. Is that so?
Frankly, it's all but dead in spoken American, save for a few occasionally careful (read: pedantic???) speakers like me....and even we aren't always consistent. Certainly in this neck
> of the woods (southern UK) it would sound odd & somewhat affected in > normal colloquial speech. IME it's even rare in more formal spoken modes.
"Odd, affected" may be a little strong. When it's used is a matter of register-- one wouldn't bother with "whom" discussing car problems with a mechanic. It's most likely to occur in academic or other "careful" speech and writing, but even there I'd say it's 50-50 at best :-((