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    Why was "which" selected, not "who"?

    Nice to meet you! This is my first post. This article from Wikipedia.

    Quote Originally Posted by wiki
    An azmari is an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard. Azmari, which may be either male or female, are skilled at singing extemporized verses,...
    I can't understand the reason why "which" is selected here, not "who", though azmari are people. Would you clear it up? Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Why was "which" selected, not "who"?

    Welcome to the forums.

    Because it is the word "azmari" that is referred to, not a person.

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    Re: Why was "which" selected, not "who"?

    I'd still say "who" in this context. Azmari refers to people.
    While I love Wikipedia, and use it a lot for an overview of a subject, I have to point out that it's written by amateurs, and the English is not always perfect.

    Best wishes for 2008
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    Because it is the word "azmari" that is referred to, not a person.
    Last edited by baqarah131; 28-Dec-2007 at 02:37. Reason: correct typo

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    Re: Why was "which" selected, not "who"?

    I also would have used "who" in that sentence.

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