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    Default an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    I got an e-mail from Susan, who/which said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    The given answer is 'which'. Does 'who' sound as good or even better to native speakers? And does 'go abroad for sightseeing' sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I got an e-mail from Susan, who/which said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    The given answer is 'which'. Does 'who' sound as well or even better to native speakers? And does 'go abroad for sightseeing' sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.
    I got an e-mail from Susan, who said she was going abroad for sightseeing.
    It means:
    I got an e-mail from Susan. Susan said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    I got an e-mail from Susan, which said she was going abroad for sightseeing.
    It means:
    I got an e-mail from Susan. The e-mail said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    I think that, in most natural contexts, they both convey (maybe almost) the same meaning (describing what the e-mail was about). But I'm not a native speaker, so you'd better wait for confirmation.
    Good luck.

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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I got an e-mail from Susan, who/which said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    The given answer is 'which'. Does 'who' sound as good or even better to native speakers? And does 'go abroad for sightseeing' sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.
    'Who' and 'which' are both correct, depending on whether you are referring to Susan or the e-mail. From the sentence in isolation, you can't tell which is correct.

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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    You might hear both from native American-English speakers but grammatically "who said" would be correct because Susan "said" it and Emails can't "speak".

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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    You might hear both from native American-English speakers but grammatically "who said" would be correct because Susan "said" it and Emails can't "speak".
    In that case, Susan didn't "say" it either, she "wrote" it.
    It's common enough to say 'a letter says something' that, semantically, it's just as likely that the email 'said' something as it is that Susan 'said' something by email.

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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I got an e-mail from Susan, who/which said she was going abroad for sightseeing.

    The given answer is 'which'. Does 'who' sound as good or even better to native speakers? And does 'go abroad for sightseeing' sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.
    No argument with previous posters about who/which, but in answer to the second part of your question, "go abroad for sight seeing" doesn't really sound right. We'd be more likely to say, " go abroad to do some sightseeing".


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    Default Re: an e-mail from Susan, who/which said

    I guess, the emphasis here is to use "which" with a comma. So it possibly refers to the e-mail.

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