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    Exclamation 1M dollar question: whose or which for plural innanimates?

    I've been dying to know the correct answer. Never know which to use in my thesis.

    Help please.

    Here's an example:

    The tree whose leaves were falling died.

    or

    The tree which leaves were falling died.


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    Re: 1M dollar question: whose or which for plural innanimates?

    Quote Originally Posted by arly View Post
    I've been dying to know the correct answer. Never know which to use in my thesis.

    Help please.

    Here's an example:

    The tree whose leaves were falling died.

    or

    The tree which leaves were falling died.
    The second sentence is ungrammatical. Some grammars object to the use of 'whose' with inanimate nouns. You can use this:

    The trees the leaves of which were falling died.

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    Re: 1M dollar question: whose or which for plural innanimates?

    I don't object to "whose" either but if you felt odd about it: The tree that was losing its leaves died.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 1M dollar question: whose or which for plural innanimates?

    Whose is fine to me.

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    Re: 1M dollar question: whose or which for plural innanimates?

    I'll go "whose" too if you're dividing up the cheque. (But I think the answer is over-valued).

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