Correct use of which in nested sentence

I looked at several related questions (here or here) but still am not sure if this is a correct way to use which: Papers were only kept for the review which explicitly discussed or applied the proposed software. I believe another way to say this would be: Only papers which explicitly discussed or applied the … Read more

Can “whose” refer to an inanimate object?

We lit a fire whose fuel was old timber wood. Is the word whose referring to fire, an inanimate object, correct in this sentence? Or is there a more appropriate word? Answer The word “whose” is used in several different grammatical ways. For some of these (see my original answer below), it has been grammatical … Read more

Usage of “whose” not referring to a person

Possible Duplicate: Referring to some attribute of an inanimate object — use “who's”? I noticed the use of “whose” in the following sentence I wrote does not refer to a person: A recent post on Less Wrong, Levels of Action, reminded me of a game I created whose dynamics I wanted to explore. I use … Read more

Using “who” for things (nonliving beings)

On an online typing tutor site I came across the following phrase: We’re now going to move on to words who’s first letter originates on the top row. Can “who” normally be used in this way (to refer not only to people)? Answer Well, no. The sentence which you quoted must be a typo of: … Read more

‘Which’, ‘whose’ or something else?

I would appreciate your help phrasing the following: I am looking for elements which/whose/… size/sizes is/are relatively large. Answer Whose is the way to go here. Merriam-Webster defines it as follows: of or relating to whom or which especially as possessor or possessors Which wouldn’t work, because it doesn’t indicate possession. It would work, however, … Read more