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    whom

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask which "whom" refers to in the following context:

    When our friend saw the pictures, he immediately identified one
    of the two smaller orbs as one of his Spirit Guides whom he had
    requested to show up in the experiment. He simply identified that
    one, because he “felt it being at that location when the picture was
    taken.”


    Does whom refer to "Spirit Guides", or does it refer to "one of his Spirit Guides"?

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    Re: whom

    Hello K.,

    I would take the antecedent here as "one of his SGs", rather than the SGs as a collective – simply on the grounds that otherwise, we must infer that he had two sets of SGs: one set which he had asked to turn up, and one which he hadn't. This seems marginally less likely than asking a particular SG to show up.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
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    Re: whom

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello K.,

    I would take the antecedent here as "one of his SGs", rather than the SGs as a collective – simply on the grounds that otherwise, we must infer that he had two sets of SGs: one set which he had asked to turn up, and one which he hadn't. This seems marginally less likely than asking a particular SG to show up.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Thank you very much, MrPedantic.

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