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    which/whom again

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-The animal which caused us a lot of trouble to trap is in that cage.
    2-The animal whose trapping caused us a lot of trouble is in that cage.
    3-The animal that was very troublesome to trap is in that cage.

    4-The man who caused us a lot of trouble to arrest is innocent.
    5-The man whose arresting caused us a lot of trouble is innocent.
    6-The man that was very troublesome to arrest is innocent.

    I was trying out various ways to say things and I think I managed to get myself really confused. I think 3 & 6 are correct. I don't think one would use 2 & 4, but they seem logically fine to me. As for 1 & 4, I am not sure they mean anything.... But at this stage, I am not sure of anything!!

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    #2

    Re: which/whom again

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-The animal which caused us a lot of trouble to trap is in that cage.
    2-The animal whose trapping caused us a lot of trouble is in that cage.
    3-The animal that was very troublesome to trap is in that cage.

    4-The man who caused us a lot of trouble to arrest is innocent.
    5-The man whose arresting caused us a lot of trouble is innocent.
    6-The man that was very troublesome to arrest is innocent.

    I was trying out various ways to say things and I think I managed to get myself really confused. I think 3 & 6 are correct. I don't think one would use 2 & 4, but they seem logically fine to me. As for 1 & 4, I am not sure they mean anything.... But at this stage, I am not sure of anything!!
    I can relate to feeling confused when faced with a number of possibilities. Since 'which/that' or 'who/that' for relative pronouns (not questions) are the same, 1 and 3 are the same questions, and 4 and 6 are the same too. However, I think 1 and 4 would be the most common in spoken English. 2 and 5 are correct grammatically, but sound 'awkward' because we don't usually say it like this.

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