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To Who it may Concern


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wee eddie

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I disagree, the Telegraph is wrong.

Whom refers to a number of individuals, although it is not a plural.

Who is marking who - e.g. which individual is marking which individual and it is up to each individual to respond with the name or number of the person that they are marking.

Whereas 'Whom is marking whom' is 'which of those individuals is marking which of another group of individuals' and anyone can point out the answer.

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bremner

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rdave13

Lol has become pretty much mainstream and I am sure it will not be the last textspeak word to be so.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Language evolves, words/phrases come into being others vanish. No big deal. I believe it is quite pompous to expect us to abide by some archaic rules decided by god knows who/whom.

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Quickbeam

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Whom cares?

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marvin42

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I just wish everybody learned to talk proper like as how what I do.

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wiz-king

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You mean I have to replace 'whom' with the much longer 'who ever'?

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Chronos the 2nd

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You mean I have to replace 'whom' with the much longer 'who ever'?

Whatever.

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john bunyan

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It would not be allowed here but I remember a poem that rhymed Khartoum, Room and "to whom". It would not work without "whom"

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morddwyd

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Yet another nail in the coffin of good grammar.

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fourm member

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'German, for example, also has a fairly rigid grammatical construction'

German is an interesting example of what happens to languages. There have been official changes, mostly to do with spelling, that have been negotiated and challenged in court and colloquial changes to make the language easier to use.

I believe the verb is moving from the end of the sentence in a lot of German speech, if not writing.

Though 'To who it may concern' sounds ugly that shouldn't stop easier use in speech or everyday writing.

No-one is suggesting that John Donne should be rewritten but I don't think anyone gets home from work and says 'Ask not what sort of day I've had'.

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