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Can 'whose' be used for objects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Is there a more appropriate word? Basically I'm wondering if a sentence like this is ...
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Possessive form of “which” [duplicate]

The possessive form of who is whose. What is the equivalent possessive form of which? which has the same purpose as who as a placeholder in a secondary sentence, with the difference that who is for ...
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Can the relative pronoun “whose” be used for animals, things and countries? [duplicate]

When I was a student of English as a foreign language, more years ago than I care to count, I was taught that the relative pronoun “whose” could only be used for human beings, i.e., when someone ...
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Possessive of “which” [duplicate]

Is it possible to use whose as the possessive form of which? Based on classic films -- whose screenplays were mostly dramatic -- Bordwell exposed his theory of the hero. Is that correct?
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Can “whose” refer to inanimate objects? [duplicate]

I was baffled while using this sentence: I went into some blog site whose sole purpose. . . . My question is about whose. Is it correct to use it there?
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Whose VS. which [duplicate]

I'm not a native english speaker (so forgive me for my poor language skills in general :) ) and I'm puzzled by this "whose / which / of which" issue. I have a sentence like this: "BLAA is a project ...
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possessive connecting word for inanimate object [duplicate]

Duplicate of: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Usage of “whose” not referring to a person. Referring to some attribute of an inanimate ...
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Using “whose” with non-animate nouns [duplicate]

Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Possessive connecting word for inanimate object Usage of “whose” not referring to a person. ...
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How do we refer to “whose absence” when it's an object instead of a person? [duplicate]

Explanation of what I'm trying to communicate: Suppose that there is an object, Vinegar (say). And we're marinating chicken before roasting it. If vinegar was added to the marinade then the roast ...
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“Whose” but not in reference to humans [duplicate]

I want to write "Hall thrusters are propulsion devices whose power spans from 0.1 to 20 kW." I am not sure about "whose" part, because it feels like it's supposed to be used only when talking about ...
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'Which', 'whose' or something else?

I would appreciate your help phrasing the following: I am looking for elements which/whose/... size/sizes is/are relatively large.
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Usage of “it” pronoun for animals [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of “it” and “its” for people and animals I’m an Italian working in an English-speaking company. In school here they usually teach us to refer to animals using the it ...
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“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 ...
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Is the use of “whence” and “wherefrom” dated? [closed]

I rarely see these words ("whence" and "wherefrom") written and I can't remember hearing them anywhere. Anyhow, I find them to be a good replacement for "whose", which people use even for animals ...