Tom plays basketball daily unlike Sam, who is a very busy man

Is the above sentence correct?

So 'who' always relates to 'Sam' or the nearest noun (& not Tom)?

  • To make who refer to "Tom", then "Tom plays basketball daily, who unlike Sam is a very active man."
    – user3169
    Aug 20, 2018 at 21:06

1 Answer 1


The question pronoun 'who' is placed after Sam and that too defined by the comma in this sentence. Indeed, it talks about Sam and not Tom.

In this sentence, it's clearly defined that unlike Sam...who.... so it leaves no ambiguity in understanding the sentence. That said, yes, you are right.

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