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    Relative pronoun's parenthesis(s+believe/think/hope etc.)

    Mrs. Hall is the woman __________________ I believe commands the respect of music critics.
    A. who
    B. whom (Answer)
    C. whose
    D. who's
    Red part is a parenthesis, so (A) should be in the space.
    But why (B) still work.

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    Re: Relative pronoun's parenthesis(s+believe/think/hope etc.)

    The answer is wrong - (B) is not grammatical. (A) is the right answer. I think I know what you mean by 'parenthesis'. You seem to understand the construction correctly.

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    Re: Relative pronoun's parenthesis(s+believe/think/hope etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    The answer is wrong - (B) is not grammatical. (A) is the right answer. I think I know what you mean by 'parenthesis'. You seem to understand the construction correctly.
    When looking up reference and your opinion ,I think (A) is the best bet.

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    Re: Relative pronoun's parenthesis(s+believe/think/hope etc.)

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Kiann:

    May I add a few words to Tzfujimino's excellent answer?

    One of my favorite books * says this:

    1. He is the man who we thought should be censured.

    a. "Who" is the subject of "should be censured."

    b. As you said, "I believe" is a parenthetical expression.

    2. He is the man whom we thought you should censure.

    a. "Whom" is the object of the verb "should censure."

    i. ONLY MY NOTE: If you put the sentence in "regular" order (subject + verb) for analysis (of course, do NOT speak like this), you get:

    "He is the man we thought you should censure whom."



    James

    *Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (1940; copyright renewed 1968), page 30.

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    Re: Relative pronoun's parenthesis(s+believe/think/hope etc.)

    "Who" is the subject of the verb "commands". That is why "whom" doesn't work.

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