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    The prisoner, who

    Would you please take a look at my sentences and correct my mistakes. I am wondering if I have punctuated them correctly. I think that my first two sentences are non-defining relative clauses, and the third a defining clause, but I am not sure.

    1. The police have captured the prisoner, who had been on the run for weeks.
    2. They killed the lion, who had escaped from the zoo and attacked people.
    3. The woman hit the man who tried to steal her wallet.

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    Re: The prisoner, who

    The commas are incorrect. In 2 replace "who" with "that".

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    Re: The prisoner, who

    I agree about the commas, but I have no problem with the use of "who" for lion.

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    Re: The prisoner, who

    Are you speaking as a veterinarian (BE 'vet') there, Mike?

    I'm pretty sure most people would not use 'who' as the relative pronoun for an animal in this context.

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    Re: The prisoner, who

    I am speaking as an American. I know many who do.

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