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February 15, 2019
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When I was younger, I used to say things like:"It's me!""Whom are you?""It's her!""Whom is it?"
Simply because that's the way people talk in everyday life, and I wasn't particularly knowledgeable about grammar.
When I got into my twenties, I learned that—according to the rules of grammar—"to be" takes no object. Yet I still didn't change the way I spoke, because it seemed horribly pretentious and detached from real life.
However, now that I'm older, I feel differently about this. I'm starting to appreciate correct speech and correct grammar more, because I find it more dignified, more polite, and I just like the sound of it more.
Therefore I have found myself saying things like:"It is I!""Who are you?""Is is her!""Who is it?"
As for the popular opinion that "whom" is archaic: I don't agree and, frankly, I don't care. I find "whom" completely natural to use in everyday speech. On the other hand, to me, sentences like: "My friends, all of who I love." just sound like terrible English, and totally jarring.
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