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Poem: "The Negotiation of Refuge"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: January 11th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like their development.

??:
collect whomever might have collapsed on it.
→ whoever
because collect [SUBJECTrelativized might have collapsed on it]

Edited at 2014-01-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 28th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

English doesn't really have a bifocal pronoun. It's the object of "collect" (hence "whomever") but the subject of (whoever) "might have collapsed" simultaneously. So it can go either way.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: January 28th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

OK. I was speaking from my high school English there.
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