Why not Use the Word "Whose" Here?

China
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!
2 responses
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Either "Whose" or "whom" would be a correct term to use as the sentence is currently constructed. However if it said "Mr.Shaikh, who, family members said, had a history of mental illness." Then "who" would be okay.
• China
4 Jan 10
If it is written like you said"Mr.Shaikh,who,family members said,had..." I think the word "his" is supposed to go ahead of "family members said" What do you think? Thanks for you helpful ideas.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I don't believe the "his" is required, but "his" would not be incorrect either.
• China
7 Jan 10
I do not like to use the word whom here in the context. Because the SUBJECT will be missing.
@michmich2 (432)
• 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...
• China
4 Jan 10
Maybe I can know what is in yr mind about the question: Perhaps we can put "family members said" at the end of the sentence, but i think a word "his" before that. Am I right? Thanks a lot for your ideas!