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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:45:12 AM

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Hello!

In my son's English textbook I came across a construction that sounded wrong to me, but maybe it is me who is wrong d'oh! -
... an island whose nature is ...


Is it correct to use whose when referring to something that pertains to an inanimate thing (an island)?
thar
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:17:18 AM

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Yes, because there is no genitive case inanimate relative pronoun. There is no "whiches" or "thats".

A man who has this...
An island which has this...
A man to whom this is...
An island to which this is....
but
A man whose name is...
A island whose name is....



You can use 'of which' if that works, but that is often clumsy, and there is nothing wrong with 'whose' for an inanimate possessive if that fits.






Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:21:34 AM

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I see, thank you very much!
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