User talk:Plantsurfer

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Reversion of Selaginella edit[edit]

Dear Plantsurfer, in the article Selaginella, you reverted my edit --- which consisted of changing "and its" to "whose" --- on the grounds "Not a person."

Although the pronoun "whose" is in many, perhaps even in most cases used in respect to a person, nevertheless, personhood is not a requirement for its use. See, for example, the second sense in the definition of "whose" at Use of "whose" in this non-person context is allowed, perhaps, because there is no equivalent specifically non-personal word in English that can be used in this situation. Admittedly in this case the grammar detail might be easy to misunderstand, since, for example, "who" and "whom" in fact must always be used in respect to a person. Nevertheless, "whose" has no such restriction.

In this particular context, some alternative two-word equivalents would be "for which" or "of which."

I see that a short time after reverting my edit you replaced "and its" with a sentence break. That solution seems quite adequate to me, but under such circumstances I would have preferred that, rather than reverting my (not only good faith but also useful) edit, you had simply gone on to re-edit the phrase with whatever change you believed represented a further improvement.

Thank you for your attention. Dratman (talk) 17:19, 20 June 2014 (UTC)


Yes, the title is incorrect. But what are those things? Hafspajen (talk) 22:58, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

there's a little explanation here [1]. Plantsurfer (talk) 00:05, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

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... for your heroic efforts to make sense out of the article Alcohol (drug). MelanieN (talk) 01:54, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

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