four-handed Indian statue, WHO (not which?) represents...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ismaelote, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. ismaelote Member

    Córdoba, Spain
    Hi! =)

    As far as I knew, the relative who was only used when it replaces a person... but here I found it was substituting a statue :S Can this be?

    Full context:

    Long ago there was a famous yellow Diamond set in the forehead of the four-handed Indian statue, who represents the god of the moon.

    Any help? =)

  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    Hello Ismael,

    Your book was right to say that who ususally refers to a person, and I think which would be more appropriate here.

    I think you may find some of the links on this page, obtainable by feeding who which into the English definition at the top of this page (the one on which you are reading this), useful.
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    The full context would include telling us the source and something about the author, ismaelote.

    That said, I could see how someone who actually thinks an idol has some living or divine energy in it might think of it as a person...

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