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O.K. It's not that serious, but I need a little help with this...

Which is grammatically correct?


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of whom I’m speaking with.”


Or


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of with whom I’m speaking.”


Or


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure with whom I’m speaking.”


Or, are they all correct?

Or, are they all incorrect?
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DeadlyOats wrote:

Or, are they all incorrect?



.........


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom with I’m speaking.


^^^^^^^^^^^

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TheGrandAlliance wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:

Or, are they all incorrect?



.........


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom with I’m speaking.


^^^^^^^^^^^



Personally I'd go with:


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom I’m speaking.


Using "of", "to" and "with" in such close proximity makes the sentence a little clunky. As you can both "speak to" and "speak with" someone I don't see a need for both "to" and "with" here.
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MidoriNoTora wrote:


Personally I'd go with:


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom I’m speaking.


Using "of", "to" and "with" in such close proximity makes the sentence a little clunky. As you can both "speak to" and "speak with" someone I don't see a need for both "to" and "with" here.


Ya, I was debating that myself. But I think long-form has both, like "Shakespeare style" or something. In either case, the "to" part is the vital part, anyways.

Actually, I need to correct myself:


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom which that I’m speaking.



Need that. And which, looks like I overlooked that one; me brain was seeing it, but not typing it.

Then it works.
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MidoriNoTora wrote:


Personally I'd go with:


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom I’m speaking.


Using "of", "to" and "with" in such close proximity makes the sentence a little clunky. As you can both "speak to" and "speak with" someone I don't see a need for both "to" and "with" here.


So, you're saying that both:


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of to whom I’m speaking.


and


Nox commanded, “Remove your helm. I want to be sure of with whom I’m speaking.


are both correct?

If so, then which of the two has a more imperious tone?
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