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Is it ok to remove "whom" in the following sentence?

He finally met Paul, whom he had always admired.

I personally believe that if I remove both comma and pronoun it would be correct:

He finally met Paul he had always admired.

But this one does not make sense. I don't know why, but it seems wrong:

He finally met Paul, he had always admired.

Am I right?

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No you cannot do that. The relative is required to introduce the subordinate clause.

You can say this:

He finally met the man he had always admired.

He finally met Paul, the man he had always admired.

And if we concoct a scenario where there were several Pauls with the same surname, and he went to a book-signing, say, thinking to meet the author he admired but it turned out to be a different Paul, so that he would not meet "his" Paul for several more years, you could say:

He finally met the Paul he had always admired.

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