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Mr. Kejriwal has already broached the subject with Mr. Modi, who has been non-committal.

In the above sentence, please tell if who is indicated to Mr. Modi or to Mr. Kejriwal.

If it is indicated to Mr. Modi, what if I want to indicate to Mr. Kejriwal, what would the sentence be?

Thanks in advanced.

Thanks, Charmi.

  • Unless there is a clear indication otherwise, the relative pronouns relate to the appropriate noun preceding closest: therefore Mr. Modi. – ScotM Feb 16 '15 at 5:38
  • Thank you Scot, Is it possible for you to give a sentence in which the relative pronouns relate to the appropriate noun is not close to it (the appropriate noun)? This is my humble request – Charmi Sapariya Feb 16 '15 at 12:01
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who/which/where etc directly refers to the noun/word before. So in the cited case, it should be 'Mr Modi'

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    Thank you for clarifying and it always comes after noun/word right or is there any exception? – Charmi Sapariya Feb 16 '15 at 9:09
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As for your second question, one way is to reverse the clauses thus:

Mr. Kejriwal, who has been non-committal, has already broached the subject with Mr. Modi.

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