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    Which or who for inanimate object?

    Is a property of an inanimate object referred to with who's or with which's? Fir example, this sentence fragment:
    "...and a second drop who's mass is below the critical limit..."

    Should that be reworded? The current wording seems the mot natural to me but I do not think that it is correct.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    For a start, it would be "whose" not "who's".

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    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For a start, it would be "whose" not "who's".
    Terrific, thanks. What should I be reading to sharpen my skills in this regard?

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    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    Quote Originally Posted by dotancohen View Post
    Is a property of an inanimate object referred to with who's or with which's? Fir example, this sentence fragment:
    "...and a second drop who's mass is below the critical limit..."

    Should that be reworded? The current wording seems the mot natural to me but I do not think that it is correct.

    Thank you.

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    (1) Here is an interesting comment from Random House Webster's Unabridged

    Dictionary (second edition), 2001, page 2,172:

    Chicago is a city of which the attractions are many.
    Chicago is a city the attractions of which are many.
    Chicago is a city whose attractions are many.

    The dictionary says the last sentence is definitely "more idiomatic." That is,

    more "natural."

    (2) Thus, "Whose" can, indeed, be used for the possessive case of which used as

    an adjective.

    (3) So:

    ...and a second drop whose mass is below the critical limit....

    (4) Nevertheless, if you were writing for a very sophisticated audience, I guess that

    you could write:

    ...and a second drop the mass of which is below the critical limit ....
    ...and a second drop of which the mass is below the critical limit ....

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    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    Thank you TheParser. The audience is very sophisticated, but not native English speakers. I think that I will be safer with the idiomatic phrasing.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    Quote Originally Posted by dotancohen View Post
    Terrific, thanks. What should I be reading to sharpen my skills in this regard?
    Read a lot, and cherish language, both spoken and written.

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    Re: Which or who for inanimate object?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Read a lot, and cherish language, both spoken and written.
    Thank you, I cherish and respect the language, that is quite why I ask to be sure that I don't abuse it!

    I just started Atlas Shrugged, that should be a good read!

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