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    Use relative pronoun to combine two sentence

    Do you know the building? The windows of the building are painted green.
    Is it correct to rewrite like this:
    'Do you know the building whose windows are painted green?'
    I know other way: 'Do you know the building the windows of which are painted green?' but I want to know if 'whose' can be used for things.
    Thank you

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    Exclamation Re: Use relative pronoun to combine two sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    Do you know the building? The windows of the building are painted green.
    Is it correct to rewrite like this:
    'Do you know the building whose windows are painted green?'
    I know other way: 'Do you know the building the windows of which are painted green?' but I want to know if 'whose' can be used for things.
    Thank you
    Some grammar books claim that ‘who’ is the possessive form of who and thus should be restricted to animate antecedents only, while others say that it is the possessive form of both ‘who’ and ‘which’ . The following example similar to yours is cited;
    Chicago is a city the attractions of which are many.
    whereas it is said; whose sounds more idiomatic:
    Chicago is a city whose attractions are many.
    However, I would prefer ‘which’ for inanimate objects as used by you.

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