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Sir,

1.The man whose car was stolen wasn't insured.

2.The house "whose" basement was flooded is being repaired.

In (2) "whose" or "which",or both will do.

Thanks.
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Hi,

Could we also say:

The house, the basement of which was flooded, is being repaired.

See you.
The house with the flooded basement is being repaired?
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Remembar that "who" refers to a person and is the only pronoun of this family with three forms:

Who - Subject
Whom - Object
Whose - Possessive

Thus, is inadequate to apply it in association with an inananimate object. So, while it is correct to say:

"The man whose house was flooded..."

But never:

"The house whose basement was flooded..."

Hope it helps some. NON C
NON CONFORMER,
But never:

"The house whose basement was flooded..."


Not so fast.
USAGE NOTE It has sometimes been claimed that whose is properly used only as the possessive form of who and thus should be restricted to animate antecedents, as in a man whose power has greatly eroded. But there is extensive literary precedent for the use of whose with inanimate antecedents, as in The play, whose style is rigidly formal, is typical of the period. In an earlier survey this example was acceptable to a large majority of the Usage Panel. Those who avoid this usage employ of which: The play, the style of which is rigidly formal, is typical of the period. But as this example demonstrates, substituting of which may produce a stilted sentence.


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Does the usage note mean that:

"The house whose basement was flooded."

Is acceptable?
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non conformer,

The who whose basement was flooded has been successfully repaired and sold to a third party.

Yes, I think it is acceptable.

MountainHiker
I like the mistake you've made:

"The who whose basement..."

No offense intended, just an interesting one. Thanks for your opinion.

NON C
NON CONFORMER,

Touché!

The house whose basement was flooded has been successfully repaired and sold to a third party.

All better, I think.

MountainHiker
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