What Part of Speech is “WHO”

In English texts and verbal communication, the word “who” is always used as a pronoun.

  1. Pronoun

In all cases, the word “who” acts as a pronoun because it can take the place of a noun. It can be used to ask a question about which person, or it can also start the clause that provides additional details regarding someone. For instance, in the sample sentence below:

That is the woman who gave me the address.

The word “who” is used to introduce the clause that provides further information about the “woman.”

Definition:

a. what or which person or people

  • Example:
  • Who is that man?

b. used to introduce a clause giving further information about a person or people previously mentioned

  • Example:
  • Christopher plays the teenager who killed his own parents.
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