General Writing and Grammar Help/use of "whom"


"Dear Ted,

Would you please help me with the following sentence:
“Whom are you having lunch with?”

Is this a correct sentence?  Is it acceptable to separate the object “whom” from the preposition “with”?  

For some reason,  I keep thinking that this sentence is incorrect, but I cannot figure out why it would be.

Thank you so much.  

Very Sincerely,


Dear Rich:

This question also appears to be a repeat.

The correct wording is this:  With whom are you having lunch?

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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