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  1. ongetz's Avatar

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    Wink Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Good evening!!!

    Please try to clarify my confusions in this sentence...

    A city of inhabitants, strung along beach...

    Which is the omitted relative pronoun here??Which is or Who is??

    Which is correct?A or B?
    A. A city of inhabitants which is strung along beach...
    B. A city of inhabitants who is strung along beach...


    Thanks!!!

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    The thing is, a city cannot be strung, or can it?

    A. A city of inhabitants which is strung along beach...
    B. A city of inhabitants who are strung along beach...

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Many researchers are concerned about the effect of a quake on Padang, a city of one million inhabitants( ) strung along a beach.

    So i wonder the part of omission between inhabitants and strung.
    My answer is 'which was', my collegue said 'who were', the answer of the textbook said 'which were'.
    Which is correct? and why??

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Perhaps:
    Many researchers are concerned about the possible effects of a quake on Padang, a city of one million inhabitants located by the seashore.

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    Many researchers are concerned about the effect of a quake on Padang, a city of one million inhabitants ( ) strung along a beach.

    My answer is 'which was', my collegue said 'who were', the answer of the textbook said 'which were'.
    Which is correct? and why??
    According to the textbook answer, the inhabitants were strung along the beach (after the earthquake), and the plural subject inhabitants is modified by objective which + were, rather than subjective who + were.

    I can't say as if I agree with the grammaticallity of the textbook sentence.

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    I'm not really sure about the meaning of 'strung' here.
    It's obviously the past participle of 'string'...
    Ronbee's version is easy to understand. If (the meaning is)so, 'which is' is the best choice, I reckon.

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Is it possible to use which for inhabitants??I thought which is only used for things not for persons..How can this be possible??Please give me more notes...Thanks!!!

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    According to the textbook answer, the inhabitants were strung along the beach (after the earthquake), and the plural subject inhabitants is modified by objective which + were, rather than subjective who + were.

    I can't say as if I agree with the grammaticallity of the textbook sentence.

    I see.
    I agree with you. It's a strange structure...

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post

    I see.
    I agree with you. It's a strange structure...

    I think so...that's why it's confusing...
    I have 1 more question..Is it possible to use which for the word inhabitants?

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    Re: Which is correct?Which is or Who is??

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    I think so...that's why it's confusing...
    I have 1 more question..Is it possible to use which for the word inhabitants?
    Hi, ongetz.
    I personally do not think so. I mean...the relative clause introduced by 'which' can't modify 'people' (in this case, 'inhabitants')
    Whether you use 'which' or 'who' really depends on which antecedent the relative clause modifies. It really depends on the context.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.

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