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    noun who and inanimate objects

    Meanwhile, there is a commonly held
    view that the well capitalised Japanese
    banks will have firepower to fund
    outbound M&A by Japanese corporates
    who are looking to find growth
    opportunities further afield than the
    shrinking and ageing Japanese economy.
    However, this seems to be happening
    slower than might have been expected,
    possibly due to the recent depreciation
    of the yen.


    I have come across the usage of inanimate objects (rather than people) after who. Is it gramatically correct?

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    Re: noun who and inanimate objects

    Yes. 'Corporates' are composed of people.

    (Note that 'who' is a relative pronoun — not a noun.)

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    Re: noun who and inanimate objects

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Meanwhile, there is a commonly held
    view that the well capitalised Japanese
    banks will have firepower to fund
    outbound M&A by Japanese corporates
    who are looking to find growth
    opportunities further afield than the
    shrinking and ageing Japanese economy.
    However, this seems to be happening
    slower than might have been expected,
    possibly due to the recent depreciation
    of the yen.


    I have come across the usage of inanimate objects (rather than people) after who. Is it gramatically correct?
    I would have used "that" there.

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