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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2005, 12:00am

Instead, she is absorbed by Japanese comic book characters to whom she can relate, 'even if they live far away from here'.


In formal writing, we try to avoid ending a clause, sentence or question with a preposition. However, it's very common and acceptable in speech to do so: 'Instead, she is absorbed by Japanese comic book characters whom she can relate to, 'even if they live far away from here'. In fact, people might find it snobbish if you use 'to whom' in speech.


Note that ending a clause, sentence or question with a preposition is not wrong.


Change these two sentences:


1. This is the school which I graduated from.


2. These are the friends whom I'll be travelling with.


Answers:


1. This is the school from which I graduated.


2. These are the friends with whom I'll be travelling.


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