Why not Use the Word "Whose" Here?
January 3, 2010 6:45pm CST
I met across a sentence in NYtimes. I was confused by the way the author use the word. "...and that he was "appalled" that the court had not granted clemoncy to Mr.Shaikh, who family members said had a history of mentle illness." May I know why not use "whose" before "family members said..."? Thanks!
• United States
4 Jan 10
I understand what the author was saying, but I can see why you could be confused. He's saying that the family members said he had a history of mental illness. Think about it without the family members for a minute. What if it said "....to Mr. Shaikh, who had a mental illness". I agree that adding "family members said" just makes the sentence more confusing. I had to read your question a few times before I could understand what the author was saying also. I hope my answer is helpful. In my head I understand what you're asking and what the author is saying, but it's kind of difficult to type the answer clearly in a way someone else can understand...