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whopronoun

us   /hu/
  • who pronoun (ASKING)

used esp. in questions to ask which person or people, or to ask someone’s name: Who did this? Who’s she? Note: In formal speech or writing, "whom" is the form of "who" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.
  • who pronoun (ADDING INFORMATION)

used as the subject or object of a verb when referring to a particular person or when adding information about a person just mentioned: The other people who live in the house are really friendly. This is Frank, who I told you about. Note: In formal speech or writing, "whom" is the form of "who" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.
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"who" in British English

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whopronoun

us   uk   /huː/
  • who pronoun (QUESTIONS)

A1 used especially in questions as the subject or object of a verb, when asking which person or people, or when asking what someone's name is: Who did this? Who's she? Who are all those people? She asked me if I knew who had got the job. Who (also formal whom) do you want to talk to? I don't know who to ask to the party.
used with verbs that relate to knowing, when you want to say that something is not known: "Are they going to get married?" "Who knows?" (= It is not possible to know at the moment.) Who can tell what will happen now?

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  • who pronoun (USED TO REFER)

A2 used as the subject or object of a verb to show which person you are referring to, or to add information about a person just mentioned. It is used for people, not things: I think it was your dad who phoned. She's one of those people who love to be the centre of attention. He called James, who was a good friend as well as the family doctor. The other people who (also that) live in the house are really friendly. This is Gabriel, who I told you about.

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the WHOnoun [+ sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˌdʌb.əl.juː.eɪtʃˈəʊ/ us   /ˌdʌb.əl.juː.eɪtʃˈoʊ/
abbreviation for the World Health Organization
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