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# The testmakers say this is an error. seen monkeys sleeping

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The testmakers say this is an error. seen monkeys sleeping [#permalink]  20 May 2003, 19:33
The testmakers say this is an error.

seen monkeys sleeping on the branches, whose arms and legs hanging like socks on the clothesline.

Does whose refer wrongly to branches? I'm not sure as I am no grammar expert.
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Victor, You are correct,

in the situation described above, whose is incorrectly modifying branches. Logically we understand that branches have no legs or arms, but gramatically they do.

I hope this helps. keep on knocking until you get the answer; it si better to get it now than after
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is this also incorrect because "whose" can only be a pronoun for a group of persons, not objects such as branches? If so, what pronoun can one use?
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skoper wrote:
is this also incorrect because "whose" can only be a pronoun for a group of persons, not objects such as branches? If so, what pronoun can one use?

No, whose can be used with non-person items.

Here is what the dictionary has to say about this: Sometimes the phrase of which is used as the possessive of which: Chicago is a city of
which the attractions are many or Chicago is a
city the attractions of which are many. The use of
this phrase can often seem awkward or pretentious,
whereas WHOSE sounds more idiomatic: Chicago is a
city whose attractions are many.
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bb, thanks!

I am going back to the beginning of the Verbal Forum and reading all posts. I already learned something new within 5 mins. haha.

WHOSE: I thought it is used only for peron/people.
The chicago example is very good.
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died4me wrote:
bb, thanks!

I am going back to the beginning of the Verbal Forum and reading all posts. I already learned something new within 5 mins. haha.

WHOSE: I thought it is used only for peron/people.
The chicago example is very good.

Here's another coincidental "whose" pronoun SC that refers to Chicago. (taken from the set I posted earlier)

Chicago, whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than that of any other American city, was plagued by labor troubles like the Pullman Strikes of 1894.
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everyone kept saying that getting involved in the forum is the best way to learn.. I said "maybe for someone"

Now, I say "Yeah baby!"
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Good. I had doubt, but am clear now.
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