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question on using "of which" instead of "whos

 
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raewon



Joined: 16 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:47 am    Post subject: question on using "of which" instead of "whos Reply with quote

I haven't posted a question in ages, so I thought now would be a good time.

I'd like to know the grammatically correct ways to write a sentence using "of which" instead of "whose".

Are the following all grammatically correct? (and have the same meaning)
(a) I want the house whose backyard is big. =
(b) I want the house, the backyard of which is big. =
(c) I want the house of which the backyard is big. =


I realize that (b) and (c) may sound stilted, but I just want to know if they are grammatically correct or not. I cannot find this structure in any of my grammar books. However, I found the following:

(d) He pointed to a grove of trees, the trunks of which were coated with ice.
(online - The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style)
That sentence seems to support (b).

And I found the following sentences on the Azar Grammar Forum (but I can't find anything in the book I have by Betty Azar)

(e) Martin has an antique car whose seats are made of red leather. =
(f) Martin has an antique car of which the seats are made of red leather. =
(g) Martin has an antique car, the seats of which are made of red leather.

If those are indeed correct, then (g) would support (b) and (f) would support (c). I guess.

Thanks if you can confirm that sentences (b) and (c) are indeed grammatically correct.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
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edwardcatflap



Joined: 22 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're all in common usage.
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raewon



Joined: 16 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for your reply. I'm still glad I did the leg work and found some similar examples. I don't understand why I can't find them in my grammar references though.

Thanks again.
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denverdeath



Joined: 21 May 2005
Location: Boo-sahn

PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not arguing much with anyone on this thread.

BUT, no one, at least where I'm from(ie. NA), would speak that way.

Most everyone I know would say, "I want the house with the big backyard."
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Fallacy



Joined: 29 Jun 2015
Location: ROK

PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

denverdeath wrote:
Most everyone I know would say, "I want the house with the big backyard."
This. I second denverdeath.
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