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I will sue the person who murdered my neighbour.

In the preceding example, should we treat who as a relative pronoun, a conjunction, or both?

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Why would you even think of a conjunction here? If you had good, valid reasons to do so, share with us, so we can probably help. – Kris Sep 18 '12 at 11:14

Who identifies the person you will sue as the subject of the verb in the relative clause, murdered. A conjunction cannot do that. A pronoun can. A conjunction simply connects two separate clauses.

A relative pronoun is a pronoun used to mark a relative clause, and having the same referent as the element of the main clause (usually a noun or noun phrase) which the relative clause modifies.

You will notice that dictionaries don't have an entry on who as a conjunction.

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It’s a relative pronoun, and nothing else.

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