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    "Which" for human?

    One of my recent test have this sentence:
    "He is the man, who/whom/which he used to be"

    The key stated that "which" is the correct answer but I don't get it. We are talking about human object here right? Then why do I have to use "which"?

    btw, I'm pretty sure it's in a Cambridge book but I haven't found out which.

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    One of my recent test have this sentence:
    "He is the man, who/whom/which he used to be"

    The key stated that "which" is the correct answer but I don't get it. We are talking about human object here right? Then why do I have to use "which"?

    btw, I'm pretty sure it's in a Cambridge book but I haven't found out which.
    I would use "that". Are you sure the sentence wasn't "He is not the man..."?

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    "He is the man, who/whom/which he used to be"
    [not a teacher]

    Constrained to those 3 choices, I'd have to go with who.

    Though, I am aware of a rule that says when using a comma, you use "which"; without a comma, you use "that". This may be the rule they're employing. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    "He is the man, who he used to be."

    "He is the man, which he used to be."

    Both of those sentences are horrible.

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Though, I am aware of a rule that says when using a comma, you use "which"; without a comma, you use "that". This may be the rule they're employing. Sorry I can't be more specific.
    I don't know where that 'rule' came from. Both of the following are fine:

    He is the man no comma who shows me how to do things.
    That is key no comma which opens the door.

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "that". Are you sure the sentence wasn't "He is not the man..."?
    Yes I'm sure. And no, there is no "that" to pick

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't know where that 'rule' came from. Both of the following are fine:

    He is the man no comma who shows me how to do things.
    That is key no comma which opens the door.
    What about that "which" thing? Why must it be which?

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    Re: "Which" for human?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Yes I'm sure. And no, there is no "that" to pick.
    I can only assume that it's a mistake that the book's proofreaders didn't pick up.


    What about that "which" thing? Why must it be which?
    Even if the sentence were acceptable, which it is not, 'which' is wrong.
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