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    Default The house(,) the roof/roof of which we see is blue.

    1. The house whose roof we see is my uncle's

    2. The house the roof of which we see is my uncle's.

    3. The house, roof of which we see is my uncle's.


    I wonder which one is grammatical between 2 and 3.

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    Default Re: The house(,) the roof/roof of which we see is blue.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The house whose roof we see is my uncle's

    2. The house the roof of which we see is my uncle's.

    3. The house, roof of which we see is my uncle's.


    I wonder which one is grammatical between 2 and 3.
    #2 would be OK with some punctuation.

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    Default Re: The house(,) the roof/roof of which we see is blue.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The house whose roof we see is my uncle's

    2. The house, the roof of which we see, is my uncle's.

    3. The house, roof of which we see is my uncle's.


    I wonder which one is grammatical between 2 and 3.
    b.

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    Default Re: The house(,) the roof/roof of which we see is blue.

    If anyone is wondering, #1 is fine with a full stop.

    Rover

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    Default Re: The house(,) the roof/roof of which we see is blue.

    I have no trouble using "whose" for an inanimate object. I certainly find #1 more natural than #2.

    You could also say "The house we can see the roof of is..." but it's more awkward to me than the "whose" version.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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