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I told to the parents of children who attended the session. Does this sentence sound like 'who' refers to the parents? Please tell me how do I restructure to make it unambiguous

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Do you mean 'I told (something) to the children's parents who attended the session'?
 

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Isn't that implied? Is that ambiguous too?
 

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'Who' refers to 'parents' rather than 'children'.
 

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Fred: I told the parents of children who attended the session.

That sentence means that you told the children.


Fred: I told the children's parents who attended the session.

That sentence, like Matthew's in post #2, means that you told the children.

I don't understand.
I'm also confused about the "who" in those sentences. Is it an interrogative pronoun or a relative pronoun?
 

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I don't understand either.

Fred: I told the children's parents who attended the session.

That sentence, like Matthew's in post #2, means that you told the children.
'Children's' is a possessive modifying 'parents', so the direct object of 'told' should be 'parents' rather than 'children'.

Fred: I told the parents of children who attended the session.

That sentence means that you told the children.
I think 'of children' is a prepositional phrase modifying 'parents', which should thus be the direct object of 'told'.
 

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Do you mean I spoke to the parents of the children​?
 
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