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    Which, whose, who, whom

    From what I learned from my school and grammar book,
    1. Whose, who and whom are for people,
    2. Which is for animals and things.

    However, one of the old post regarding the above usages posted in 2007 are found as follow:
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    Re: which whose
    I am afraid you are mistaken when you say that 'whose' only refers to people. 'Whose' is the relative possessive of both 'who' and 'which'. It can be used with inanimate objects too e.g.


    'The house, whose roof was leaking badly, was in a dangerous condition.'


    As to 'rules', many things that are presented to students as being 'rules' are merely pieces of advice as to how a structure or item is used most frequently. Some 'rules' are better than others in that they have few exceptions. However, a true rule has no exceptions and there are few of these.
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    What should I teach my boy in primary school.
    Any reliable website for learning grammar?
    I am frustrated to memorise all the notes in the grammar book but turned out it is totally a different thing.
    Please help.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Which, whose, who, whom

    The post is right- whose can be used for people, things and animals.

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    Re: Which, whose, who, whom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The post is right- whose can be used for people, things and animals.
    Hi Tdol,
    How aout which, who, whom?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Sep-2014 at 18:44. Reason: formatting fix

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    Re: Which, whose, who, whom

    They can all be used for animals.

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    Re: Which, whose, who, whom

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They can all be used for animals.
    To conclude, "which , whose, who and whom " are all for animal, thing and people.
    Am I right?
    Thanks.

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    #6

    Re: Which, whose, who, whom

    Well, "who" and "whom" would be rare for things/inanimate objects.

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