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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Who’.


“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“Let the child who broke her slate come forward!”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


As is so often the case, she had married the very worst of those who sought her hand.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


On this occasion, one of the gentlemen who managed the Hospital happened to be looking over the Register.

From ‘No Thoroughfare’, by Charles Dickens.


It belonged to a man called Moxon Ivery, who was a kind of academic pacificist and a great god in the place.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


Mr Elliot is a man without heart or conscience; a designing, wary, cold-blooded being, who thinks only of himself.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


“You must remember that you are with relations and friends, who all love you, and wish to make you happy.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“It seemed strange to us that Uncle Ralph, who took no notice of us when he was alive, should be so careful to look after us when he was dead.”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Those who choose the moment for beginning wars do not always fix the moment for ending them. To ask for an armistice is one thing. To obtain it is another.

From ‘The World Crisis’, by Winston Churchill.


She was seated between Charlotte and Miss de Bourgh — the former of whom was engaged in listening to Lady Catherine, and the latter said not a word to her all dinner-time.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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So long as the boys keep with the herds they are safe, for not even the tiger will charge a mob of cattle.

From ‘The Jungle Book’, by Rudyard Kipling.

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