I saw a quote on the internet:

"If someone asks me who I want to be with, I would simply say".

If I use a part of this sentence and put words like this:

"You are the one who I want to be with."

Will it be correct?

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Edited the answer:

Yes, this is correct.

As you can see from the comments, some people insist on using whom instead of who and they are right from the formal English grammar point of view. However, using who in your particular sentence is acceptable and, in my opinion, this would be the choice of most English speaking people these days.

Let me point out that when I gave my answer I meant the spoken language. In (formal) writing the choice between who and whom would probably be in favour of whom.

Actually, who/whom may be simply omitted here. "You're the one I want to be with" - that's what most people would say. :)

  • Are you sure about who? Shouldn't it be whom ?
    – Cardinal
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 19:18
  • @Cardinal Well, yes and no.. Have you ever heard people using whom in a phrase like this? If it were "with whom I want to be" then - no doubt. But "the one whom I want to be with"... In Charles Dickens novels, maybe..
    – tum_
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 19:28
  • @Cardinal I'm reading a rather long discussion on Language Usage on this "who vs whom" subject. From 2013. Cannot copy a link - android Stack Exchange app is deficient in many features, but you can easily find it...
    – tum_
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 19:46
  • “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
    – Victor B.
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:18
  • @Rompey That's very true. I never advocate ignorance :)
    – tum_
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:27

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