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    "Who" with animals

    Hi,

    Is it ok to use "who" when you are talking about an animal, like a pet?

    I have a little cat who's very shy.

    Thanks

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    Re: "Who" with animals

    NOT A TEACHER

    I highly doubt it. I think "that" is more appropriate.

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    Re: "Who" with animals

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    Hi,

    Is it ok to use "who" when you are talking about an animal, like a pet?

    I have a little cat who's very shy.

    Thanks
    In the example you presented, I would say that it's appropriate. I think it would all depend on the person's relationship to the particular animal.

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    Re: "Who" with animals

    People often use 'he', 'she' and 'who' of their pets.

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    #5

    Re: "Who" with animals

    And not just their own pets- I readily use who to refer to animals that can be pets or are other people's pets: crazyaboutenglish has a little cat who's shy.

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    Re: "Who" with animals

    Thanks all!

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