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One day Red tells Tommy about Andy's case. Tommy is visibly upset at hearing Andy's story and tells Andy and Red that he had a cellmate in another prison who boasted about killing a man who was a pro golfer at the country club he worked at, along with his lover.

In this above sentence, To whom does his refers to?

  • The fact that you think you have quoted enough to answer the question is a strong indicator that "his" refers to the pro golfer, since nobody else is mentioned who it could refer to. – The Photon Jul 20 '16 at 4:53
  • @ThePhoton Oops, sorry, I missed the OP's link. When I consider how my light is spent... – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jul 20 '16 at 5:09
  • Who do you think his refers to? – Alan Carmack Jul 20 '16 at 5:12
  • @AlanCarmack His lover in this quotation refers to the lover of the pro golfer murdered by the cellmate of the character called "Tommy." – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jul 20 '16 at 5:29
  • Considering typical motives for murder it's pretty clearly implied we're taking about the pro golfer. In other contexts there could be more potential for ambiguity but I highly doubt this was meant any other way. – shawnt00 Jul 20 '16 at 5:58
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"His" refers to the pro golfer.

In your sentence

killing a man who was a pro golfer at the country club he worked at, along with his lover.

a comma seems to be missing

killing a man, who was a pro golfer at the country club he worked at, along with his lover.

which would give you (leaving out the subordinate clause)

killing a man along with his lover.

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Okay, simplify that -

One day Red tells Tommy about Andy's case. Tommy is visibly upset at hearing Andy's story...

Tommy tells Andy and Red that he (Tommy) had a cellmate in another prison

the cellmate boasted about killing a man (call this man Mike)

Mike was a pro golfer at the country club he (Tommy) worked at, along with his (Mike's) lover.

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