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    Default the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Can I replace the relative pronoun "whose" with "that its/their/his/her", like in "a house that its windows are round"?

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Hello Dihen

    No, that's not possible, unfortunately!

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Dihen
    No, that's not possible, unfortunately!
    MrP
    What about "which its/their"?

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Hello Dihen

    No, you can't say those, either!

    Don't you like "whose"?

    MrP

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Do natives also make those mistakes, or only foreigners?

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    You can try 'The house with round windows' if you feel unexplainable detestation of the pronoun 'whose'...
    All the best,

    Tee Kay

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen
    Do natives also make those mistakes, or only foreigners?
    Hello Dihen

    Native speakers make many mistakes;but I've never heard those ones!

    Is it a structure that occurs in your own first language?

    MrP

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Dihen
    Native speakers make many mistakes;but I've never heard those ones!
    Is it a structure that occurs in your own first language?
    MrP
    Really? You really never ever have heard these ones?:

    "the child that his mother is a teacher"
    "the book that some of its pages are missing"
    "the boy that I visited her sister"

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Hello Dihen

    No, I've never heard a mistake like any of those!

    Where have you heard them?

    MrP

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    Default Re: the relative pronoun "whose"?

    Actually, I have never heard them either, but I thought "Since it only requires a possessive, why not simply use 'that [possessive adjective] noun'?", but I was wrong. And really, I still think that "that [possessive adjective] noun" is much easier to understand. And I had never ever known that there is such usage of "whose" until recently. And why doesn't English allow resumptive pronouns in either relative clauses or WH-questions? "that [possessive adjective] noun" WOULD be correct if English allowed resumptive pronouns...
    Last edited by dihen; 01-May-2006 at 05:37.

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