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Relative Pronoums I'd like to know all usual relative pronouns and how to use wich one. I know that * WHO and WHOM are used for peoples - But when have I to use each one? * WHOSE used in case of possessive; * WHICH for ideas and things; * THAT things and ideas, can be used for people too; - Same question: How and when have I to use each one? Give me some examples! Tks!
Jan 25, 2011 11:23 PM
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"Who" is referred to people only, "which" - to inanimate objects and animals. "That" can be used in both cases: It is the man who/that has stolen the bike. "Whom" is used when "who" is not the subject of its own clause: He can't remember whom he saw. "Whom" is no longer thought to be necessary and the objective form "who" is now commonly used, even in formal writing: He can't remember who he saw. There were several people who he had met before. "Who" cannot be used directly after a preposition. In formal writing "whom" is preferred in sentences like this: The man to whom he sold his car. Though the preposition is usually displaced: The man who he sold his car to. "That" can be used in defining relative cases (where all of these relative pronouns can be omitted): My friend, [whom/who/that] I met yesterday, told me everything. But "that" can't be used in non-defining relative cases: She, who (not "that"!) has two higher educations, is now working as a waitress. ------------------------------------------ You might want to find more related answers by typing "whom" in the search field (top right corner).
January 26, 2011
It's a bit too much for one question. It takes a long time to get all of these under your belt.
January 26, 2011
lol what a terrible explanation eliot lol
January 26, 2011
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