I was supposed to teach

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I was supposed to teach

Post by azz » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:08 am

a. I was talking to this young man whom I was supposed to teach to golf.
b. I was talking to this young man whom I was supposed to teach golfing to.
c. I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golfing.
d. I was talking to this young man who I was supposed to teach golfing to.



Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.
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Re: I was supposed to teach

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:47 am

They are all grammatically correct, but only d) sounds natural. The others strike me as being somewhat stilted.

a) sounds especially strange because it includes the phrase "to teach to golf" where I think a native speaker would prefer "to teach golfing to" or "to teach how to play golf".
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Re: I was supposed to teach

Post by Bobinwales » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:00 pm

They all sound wrong to me. I would say,
I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
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Re: I was supposed to teach

Post by tony h » Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:31 pm

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:00 pm
I would say,
I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
I would say,
- I was talking to this young man, I was supposed to him teach golf.
- I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
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Re: I was supposed to teach

Post by Phil White » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:34 pm

In modern spoken English, it is far more common to drop the relative pronoun in relative clauses. If a relative pronoun is used, it is very likely to be "that" rather than "who(m)", even if we are talking about a person.

"I was talking to this young man I was supposed to teach golf to."
"I was talking to this young man I was supposed to teach to play golf."
"I was talking to this young man that I was supposed to teach golf to."
"I was talking to this young man that I was supposed to teach to play golf."

In spoken English, all of those sound far more natural than any variant with "who(m)".
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