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    Default The use of "which"

    DEAR TEACHERS AND FELLOW MEMBERS:


    (1) Is this sentence grammatically correct:


    "Tom is very rich, which I am not."

    (2) If it is, what is the antecedent of "which"?


    Thank you VERY much.

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    Default Re: The use of "which"

    Not a teacher

    I think it is okay. The antecedent of "which" in your sentence is "very rich"

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    Default Re: The use of "which"

    It's not an answer to your question, but I'd say "Tom is very rich, while I am not."

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    Default Re: The use of "which"

    [QUOTE=TheParser;753818]DEAR TEACHERS AND FELLOW MEMBERS:


    (1) Is this sentence grammatically correct:


    "Tom is very rich, which I am not."

    (2) If it is, what is the antecedent of "which"?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thank you, Mannysteps and SoothingDave, for your replies.

    (2) I have found some info that may interest both of you and

    any other members.

    (3) One outstanding teacher (I think that she grades the examinations

    of international ESL students) told me:

    (a) The which-clause is "sentential."

    (b) It refers to an idea/circumstance in the main clause.

    (c) The which-clause is non-essential.

    (4) Another person (many international students depend on her

    advice) wrote me:

    (a) "which" refers to "rich" or "the state of being rich."

    (b) "Rare" for a relative pronoun to refer to an adjective.

    (C) She suggests: "Tom is very rich -- something that I am not."

    (5) So maybe (maybe) we can conclude:

    "Which I am not" is a non-essential (non-restrictive/ non-defining)

    clause that refers to an idea in the main clause, viz., Tom's being

    rich. The which-clause is just a comment. Perhaps other

    kinds of punctuation will bring this out more clearly:

    Tom is very rich -- which I am not.

    Tom is very rich (which I am not).


    Mannysteps and Soothing Dave, you took an interest in

    this question, WHICH pleased me very much.

    (= Your taking an interest in this question pleased me.)


    Respectfully (and gratefully),


    James

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    Default Re: The use of "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    Mannysteps and Soothing Dave, you took an interest in this question, WHICH pleased me very much. (= Your taking an interest in this question pleased me.)
    Note that in this sentence, 'which' refers back to the whole preceding clause, Mannysteps and Soothing Dave, you took an interest in this question.

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