Which word does the “which” in this sentence point to?

The wide grip that many people use slackens the back muscles, which provide crucial support for the weight and transfers the load to the spine. Does “which” in the above sentence point to “back muscles” or “the wide grip”? Without the commas, does the meaning change? Answer ‘which’ in this sentence refers to the back … Read more

How do I choose between ‘who’ or ‘whom’ when the subject pronoun is unclear?

A friend needs help with his who and whom Right on the heels of my recent question regarding why ‘who’ and ‘whom’ present difficulties for so many native and non-native learners, comes another complex case of ‘who’ and ‘whom’. The language of a friend’s report is bureaucratically complicated and his Supervising Teacher, is very pedantic … Read more

How to skip using a relative pronoun

I was wondering if the following sentence makes sense by not using any relative pronouns for the clause: I had been volunteering for Red Cross, a non-profit organization which provides blood, during the last year of high school Is that correct? Thanks! EDIT: What I mean is if my sentence is correct by saying “… … Read more

How can the relative pronoun ‘which’ have an adjectival phrase as its antecedent? Exactly what may act as antecedent for ‘which’?

American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was quoted as saying: As “bad” as he was feeling for producers of both films, Kimmel admitted he was also “trying really hard not to laugh.” It was only after Denzel Washington yelled “Barry” from the front row that Kimmel realized he should step away from the microphone and … Read more

“Which” instead of “whose” for inanimate objects

Someone I know strongly insists that the usage of “which” in the following type of sentence I’m living in a country which language I have been learning for less than 5 months. is perfectly appropriate, after I attempted to correct them by suggesting to replace “which” with “whose”. I am aware that some people frown … Read more

Can an objective relative pronoun replace a subjective relative pronoun?

I quite often find in New York Times that American writers often use an objective relative pronoun–or omitted it all together–where, I strongly believe, a subjective relative pronoun should be present. Example 1 thanks to well-publicized remarks about the women he suggested weren’t attractive enough for him to have assaulted Here, the original two chunks … Read more

Can we use “who” by itself as a subject in spoken language?

For example, I want to say ” Students who didn’t come here yesterday are lazy.” But I say ” Who didn’t come here yesterday are lazy” instead because I talk to students and I don’t want to say “students” again. Does it make sense? Answer This is called a “headless relative clause” or “fused relative … Read more