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    Smile usage of pron

    I am so confused for the following usage of pron, Help~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~, plz

    1. I read about it in some book or other, does it matter which it was?
    Why can't I substitute "where" for "which"?

    2. "Who told you?" "Oh, somebody or other, I've forgotten who."
    Why can't I substitute "which" for "who"?

    3.Some of the students were late for the meeting, but I can't remember which.
    Can I substitute "who" for "which"?

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    Re: usage of pron

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post

    1. I read about it in some book or other, does it matter which it was?
    Why can't I substitute "where" for "which"?
    You can. It depends on what has gone before:

    Where did you read about it?
    I read about it in some book or other, does it matter where/which it was?


    In which book did you read about it?
    Does it matter which (book) it was (in)?

    2. "Who told you?" "Oh, somebody or other, I've forgotten who."
    Why can't I substitute "which" for "who"?
    Because the question was about a person, not a thing; But:

    Which student told you about it?
    I've forgotten which/who.

    3.Some of the students were late for the meeting, but I can't remember which.
    Can I substitute "who" for "which"?
    You can.
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