a car whose funtion is to drive

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Senior Member
German - Austria

Can anyone please tell my, if the word “whose” can be applied to things as well as to persons?

Can I say for example:
“A car is a thing whose function is to drive.”

Or is there another word needed instead of “whose”? E.G.
“A car is a thing ?thats? function is to drive.”

Many Thanks!
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'Whose' is quite correct about all things (there is no possessive form of 'that'), but we wouldn't say a car's function is to drive.
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