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    Death is dignitary who when he comes

    What does the word "he" refer to in the following sentence: " Death is dignitary who when he comes announced is to be recieved with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him."? and why not using "it"? (taken from : An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge)

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    Re: he refer to?

    This is an example of personification.
    Death is being treated as a person in this passage. "He" is Death.


    and why not using "it"?

    Why wasn't "it" used?

    Do not leave a space before your punctuation marks. Leave one space after. Start sentences with a capital letter.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Death is dignitary who when he comes

    Rabab Azem, note that I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words you are querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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