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Reply to "whose used for objects?"

Jerry's got a good point about whose not being a no-no in this usage, Gilbert.

The main point is that using a phrase like of which can get very awkward and even seem to "stop the flow" of an utterance. That's why most speakers use whose when it pertains to people or things.

Just compare these two:

  • This is the book the pages of which were torn out.
  • This is the book whose pages were torn out.

    I think you'll agree that the first sentence is much more awkwardly phrased than the second. I think you should stick with using whose rather than the ___ of which.

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