I have question related to grammar. Can I change the phrase "those who" With "Those students who" and "Students who" In the following context?

Here is the example:

1-Dear students, On 26 th December, Tuesday We have arranged a blood donation camp on the campus . Those who are intersted in donating blood may please contact John Dayal, the principal of Xyz college.

I think the phrase 'those who' can be replaced with "those students who" and "students who". If I replace it, will that be grammatical? Can any native speaker please answer this?

  • Actually, your question has nothing to do with who. You want to talk about the differences between those, those students, and students. – Lucian Sava Dec 25 '17 at 9:50
  • @LucianSava That's correct. That's what I wanted to ask. – user254288 Dec 25 '17 at 9:56

"Those" simply stands in place of a particular noun. You can surely use "those who", "those students who" or "students who" and none of them will be a mistake. Look at these examples:

  • We have many students in our class. Those who come from rich families have better books and clothes. ('Those' refers to 'students')

if you change "those who" to "those students who" or "students who" you simply repeat the particular noun again. The word "those" already substitutes for "students".

"those [noun]" is really okay if you are going to speak about a different particular noun or you're including something within the original substitution:

  • We have many students in our class. Those of us who come from rich families have better books and clothes. (Here you mention that you too are with the students who are rich.)
  • In addition, changing it would limit participants to only students (by implication) instead of allowing teachers/staff/parents to participate. That may not be an intentional limitation. – JKreft Aug 19 '18 at 21:57

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