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    Default of which level 8 was the highest.

    Hi,

    Question:
    1) In my sentence, what does “(of) which” refer to?
    2) In my sentence, what does “which” refer to?


    Sentence:
    The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest.


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    There are few possibilities:
    1) the classes
    2) those 8 levels
    3) difficulty
    4) degrees of difficulty


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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    1) In my sentence, what does (of) which refer to?
    2) In my sentence, what does which refer to?


    Sentence:
    The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest.


    My opinion:
    There are few possibilities:
    1) the classes
    2) those 8 levels
    3) difficulty
    4) degrees of difficulty


    Thanks
    It's telling us that level 8 is the highest level of class.

    Take out the middle part of the sentence and we get.............

    The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels......of which level 8 was the highest.


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    1) In my sentence, what does (of) which refer to?
    2) In my sentence, what does which refer to?


    Sentence:
    The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest.

    My opinion:
    There are few possibilities:
    1) the classes
    2) those 8 levels
    3) difficulty
    4) degrees of difficulty

    Thanks

    (2) "those 8 levels"

    "The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, from these eight levels, level 8 was the highest."

    Not a native speaker

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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    bad news.....

    1 person chooses 1

    1 person chooses 2

    my friend chooses 4

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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    1) In my sentence, what does (of) which refer to?
    2) In my sentence, what does which refer to?


    Sentence:
    The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest.


    My opinion:
    There are few possibilities:
    1) the classes
    2) those 8 levels
    3) difficulty
    4) degrees of difficulty


    Thanks
    2) those 8 level

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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    bad news.....
    The original sentence reads:
    "The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest."
    This sentence has at least two different meanings:

    a) Each class was divided itself in eight levels, each level of each class with a degree of difficulty. Level eight was the one with the highest degree of difficulty.
    b) Each class in the school had one specific level from eight predefined ones. Each one of the predefined levels had a specific degree of difficulty. From these predefined levels, level eight was the one with the highest highest degree of difficulty.

    In both cases "of which" refers to "of those eight levels", you can rephrase the original sentence as:

    "The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty; among those levels, level 8 was the highest."

    The idea is that each level has a label; that is: level one, level two, ... , level eight.


    Not a native speaker

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    Default Re: of which level 8 was the highest.

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    The original sentence reads:
    "The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty, of which level 8 was the highest."
    This sentence has at least two different meanings:

    a) Each class was divided itself in eight levels, each level of each class with a degree of difficulty. Level eight was the one with the highest degree of difficulty.
    b) Each class in the school had one specific level from eight predefined ones. Each one of the predefined levels had a specific degree of difficulty. From these predefined levels, level eight was the one with the highest highest degree of difficulty.

    In both cases "of which" refers to "of those eight levels", you can rephrase the original sentence as:

    "The classes in our school were divided into 8 levels representing different degrees of difficulty; among those levels, level 8 was the highest."

    The idea is that each level has a label; that is: level one, level two, ... , level eight.


    Not a native speaker


    Can't argue with that - it's one heck of an ambiguous sentence, but I've been persuaded that "of which" does indeed refer to the levels and not, as I previously thought, the classes. "The levels" makes most sense whether we refer to levels within classes or level of class. Sorry about my original interpretation.

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