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    who/which when speaking about our pets

    Hi,
    which relative pronoun I have to use when I speak about an animal, a pet.

    E.g.: And Rico, the famous dog /who/which/ is believed to be able to recognise the names nearly over 200 toys, can only bark and growl, rather than actually being able to "speak."

    I've put "who", am I right?

    And, please, could you revise the "nearly" and the "than", which were gapped also, is it Ok with these words?

    Thank you. Denis

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    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    For nonhumans we usually don't use who. Also, nearly and over don't go together. Pick one. Perhaps:


    Rico, the famous dog which is believed to be able to recognize the names of over 200 toys....

    or

    Rico, the famous dog which is believed to be able to recognize the names of nearly 200 toys....

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    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    People who regard beloved pets as family members refer to them as 'who'.

    Some dictionaries accept this usage.

    (used relatively in restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses to represent a specified antecedent, the antecedent being a person or sometimes an animal or personified thing):
    (Random House)

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    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    I use "who/whom" for individual animals all the time.

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    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    Not a teacher

    I'm not sure if this is a formal rule, but my feeling is that an animal acquires personal pronouns along with a name. If named, then personal; if not, then impersonal.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Oct-2015 at 10:52. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    Denis, for the second time, clicking 'Thank' saves you the trouble of writing a new post.

    Please do not use home-made emoticons to replace standard punctuation marks, as you might do in a chatroom.

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    #7

    Re: who/which when speaking about our pets

    It's the title of a book which I have recently reread:


    The Cat Who Came for Christmas


    It's by Cleveland Amory.

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