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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 "whose" in this way fairly often. I'm just wondering, is it correct Standard English? If not, what would be a more correct way of expressing the same thing?

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, JSBձոգչ, MrHen, RegDwigнt Apr 14 '11 at 19:23

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It is in American English - according to Mr Webster himself! enter image description here

A philosophical and practical grammar of the English language By Noah Webster

I suppose in BE the 'correct' form might be: "the dynamics of which I wanted to explore" - but that sounds like you you are trying to be German.

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Do you mind using the formatting for a link to hide URLs like that? ;) –  MrHen Apr 14 '11 at 19:12
    
@MrHen - linkifier was having some issues with the url - fixed it –  mgb Apr 14 '11 at 19:14
    
+1 to this answer. The usual problem concerns using "that" for persons (i.e., "he is the criminal that stole the sofa"). But "whose" to indicate possession is unobjectionable. –  The Raven Apr 14 '11 at 19:19
    
Meh. That bashing of German is completely uncalled for and completely wrong. The whole whose issue is a very, very English phenomenon. No German in his right mind would ever replace "whose dynamics" with "the dynamics of which", whether in German or in English. –  RegDwigнt Apr 14 '11 at 19:27
    
@Reg - Blame Conan Doyle: "Only a German is so uncourteous to his verbs" –  mgb Apr 14 '11 at 20:05

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