Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.40)

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 'D'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

40. 

(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. May I
[B]. know who you want
[C]. to see please
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

know whom you want

Everest said: (Jan 20, 2011)  
I think there is no error.

Vertika said: (Aug 2, 2011)  
It should be "May I please know. " OR "Please may I know. ".

Chintan said: (Oct 22, 2011)  
I think to whom you want see is right in place of know who you want.

Sasmita said: (Feb 3, 2012)  
I think it shoud be "Please may I know whom you want to see".

Riz said: (Jan 6, 2014)  
I think "please may I know what you want to see".

Nihar Tripathy said: (Apr 9, 2014)  
Again. This has been in a conflict and different grammarians follow or suggest differently. Some argue it to be "who" and some says "whom". However according to Wren & Martin's English grammar- Both are acceptable.

Sravani Chiravury said: (Sep 6, 2014)  
I think nowadays whom is replaced by who.

Vaibhav said: (Dec 20, 2014)  
What about, whom do you want rather than whom you want. Which one is appropriate?

Subhankar said: (Apr 1, 2016)  
Who is used nowadays? No problem in that. D only error may be the '?' missing.

Roopa said: (Jul 7, 2016)  
I think please is not required at the end because the use of the expression may is itself pleasing.

Vickyud said: (Dec 27, 2016)  
Completely agree with you @Roopa.

Priyaa said: (Feb 10, 2017)  
I think the word 'please' is not required there.

Woz said: (Mar 15, 2017)  
Either way we can say, "who you want see" or "who you want to see. ".

Juda said: (Dec 23, 2017)  
@Roopa.

"May I" is used for asking permission
"Please" is requesting to get information
So both are needed.
And whom is more formal while asking than who.

So, whom is the correct answer.

Juda said: (Dec 23, 2017)  
@Roopa.

"May I" is used for asking permission
"Please" is requesting to get information
So both are needed.
And whom is more formal while asking than who.

So, whom is the correct answer.

Navin Chettri said: (Jan 3, 2020)  
How you say that who replace by whom explain.

Yrk said: (Jul 26, 2020)  
I think the correct sentence should be "May I please know who you want to see".

Jas said: (Jun 19, 2021)  
The difference between "who" and "whom" is the same as the difference between "I" and "me" "he" and "him" "she" and "her" etc.

Who, like other pronouns such as I he, and she, is a subject. So, it is the person performing the action of the verb. On the other hand, whom, acts like me, him, and her in a sentence. It is the object. Therefore, it is the person to/about/for whom the action is being done.

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