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  1. yulysess's Avatar

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    "who" or "which"

    George travelled 500 miles to get to hospital to visit her sister, Mary..............was thoughtful of him.
    a. that
    b. which
    c. who
    d. what

    thanks in advance

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    Re: "who" or "which"

    Gee, hmm. Is 'George' female or male? Shouldn't it be 'his sister'?

    [1] George travelled 500 miles to get to hospital to visit his sister, Mary, . . . was thoughtful of him.

    a. that b. which c. who d. what

    Here's how to work out the correct answer for [1]. First of all, you're looking for a relative pronoun.

    Question: What was thoughtful of George?
    Answer: He travelled to visit his sister, Mary. (clause)

    The underlined clause, (c), 'who was thoughtful of him' means Mary cared about George. (d) 'what' doesn't function as a relative pronoun in that context. (a) 'that' doesn't function as a relative pronoun in that context, and
    (b) 'which' does indeed function as a relative pronoun.

    Is the correct answer (c) or (b)? What does the sentence express? It it about George or Mary? For example, if it's about George travelling a great distance to see someone he cares about, then (c) isn't the correct answer.

  3. yulysess's Avatar

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    Re: "who" or "which"

    Many thanks Casiopea. Much appreciated.

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: "who" or "which"

    You're welcome, yulysess.

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