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Usage Question

Unread postby Snarfyguy » 17 Feb 2017, 17:34

My understanding is that the word "whose" is not to be used with things, but only people. So

"Although violation of an internal rule whose adoption is mandated by a Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) regulation might constitute negligence per se under certain circumstances (see, e.g.,[caselaw]), no FRA regulation required [our client] to adopt Rule 406.5."

should be

"Although violation of an internal rule, the adoption of which is mandated by a Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) regulation, might constitute negligence per se under certain circumstances (see, e.g., [caselaw]), no FRA regulation required [our client] to adopt Rule 406.5."

Or is this a hair too thin to split?
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Re: Usage Question

Unread postby Charlie O. » 17 Feb 2017, 17:37

The "whose" question aside, the second was actually a bit clearer to me. Personally, I would put "the adoption of which is mandated by a Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) regulation" between parentheses rather than between commas, but I don't know what the context is, so I don't know if that's appropriate.
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Re: Usage Question

Unread postby sloopjohnc » 17 Feb 2017, 19:53

Snarfyguy wrote:My understanding is that the word "whose" is not to be used with things, but only people. So

"Although violation of an internal rule whose adoption is mandated by a Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) regulation might constitute negligence per se under certain circumstances (see, e.g.,[caselaw]), no FRA regulation required [our client] to adopt Rule 406.5."

should be

"Although violation of an internal rule, the adoption of which is mandated by a Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) regulation, might constitute negligence per se under certain circumstances (see, e.g., [caselaw]), no FRA regulation required [our client] to adopt Rule 406.5."

Or is this a hair too thin to split?


You are correct and correct. Using which can be a little more cumbersome and awkward but it is grammatically correct.
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Re: Usage Question

Unread postby pcqgod » 17 Feb 2017, 20:39

I concur with sloop.
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Re: Usage Question

Unread postby Harvey K-Tel » 17 Feb 2017, 20:49

It doesn't matter. Trump's pick to head up the FRA owns 45% of Boeing. Trains are history, baby!
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