What does ‘whose’ mean in this sentence?

Nimzowitsch did not write a simple handbook of opening lines, but a manual of chess. The opinions, ideas, and generalisations that he describes gave rise to a true revolution, whose consequences we can correctly evaluate today. I can’t understand what ‘whose’ mean in this sentence. Is it Nimzowitsch’s consequences? or the consequences of the opinions, … Read more

most of whose was from

Oxford Modern English Grammar (OMEG) by Bas Aarts has these passages on page 52: … … … … Sentence (40) is apparently taken from an Independent article “How Tuna Conquered the World“. Two prior paragraphs along with Sentence (40) are shown here: Some populations, such as leatherback turtles, are being heavily damaged; pushed to the … Read more

“whose” vs “who/that + possessive”

A man that his kids want to call ‘daddy.’ Apparently this sequence is correct. Would it remain so adding on object pronoun, …call him ‘daddy’? However, substituting whose for that + possessive might demand a resumptive pronoun, a man whose kids want to call him ‘Daddy.’ Why is it so? Answer I agree with everything … Read more

Whose sunshine do you belong to?

Are these sentences grammatically correct? They are translated from Thai song lyrics. Whose sunshine do you belong to? Who is your sunflower? Answer Based on the literal translation from Thai that you provided in comments, and on the normal interaction between sunshine and sunflowers, the sentence is grammatically correct but fails to convey the intention. … Read more

Correct usage of “whose”?

I was wondering if it is correct to repeat “whose” after “and”? More precisely, assume I want do describe an object, say a chair of width 50cm and height 1 meter. Then which of the following is correct: This is a chair whose width is 50cm and whose height is 1 meter. or This is … Read more

What kind of structure with a relative pronoun is this?

As Lord Esher once noted, ‘Any proposition the result of which would be to show that the common law of England is wholly unreasonable and unjust cannot be part of the common law of England.’ Would someone please help unravel the bolded relative clause, step-by-step? Please explain your steps. I’ve never seen this construct before. … Read more

Word being modified by whose

I came across the following sentence: Kiran is Kishore’s uncle, whose paternal grandfather has only two children. I am not clear which person whose is referring to – Kiran or Kishore and why? Answer It refers to Kishore’s uncle (last mentioned before the comma), who is precisely Kiran. In “Kiran is a friend of Kishore’s … Read more

Can “whose” refer to a first-person subject in the third person?

This question came from a friend. It is from a college entrance exam for non-native English speakers. Link the following sentences with “whose”: I was a small kid. My classmates laughed at me at the time. Which of these is correct (if either)? I was a small kid whose classmates laughed at me at the … Read more

Proper way to handle plurals with “whose”

I came up (re)phrasing a question like this: What’s so special about directories whose name begins with a dot? But now, I’m wondering whether this is the correct handling of plurals or not. Should the following be preferred? What’s so special about directories whose names begin with a dot? (In French both are correct and have … Read more