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    Default Prepositions with pronouns in subordinate clauses

    I always have problems with prepositions and pronouns in subordinate clauses. For instance, if I have the following sentence: "I'm looking for a book and I know its ISBN." I would like to use a subordinate clause instead but everything I come up with doesn't sound very idiomatic, e.g.: "I'm looking for a book of which I know the ISBN." What would be the best way to say it, if any?

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    Default Re: Prepositions with pronouns in subordinate clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir W View Post
    I always have problems with prepositions and pronouns in subordinate clauses. For instance, if I have the following sentence: "I'm looking for a book and I know its ISBN." I would like to use a subordinate clause instead but everything I come up with doesn't sound very idiomatic, e.g.: "I'm looking for a book of which I know the ISBN." What would be the best way to say it, if any?
    I prefer your original version.

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    Default Re: Prepositions with pronouns in subordinate clauses

    Welcome, Sir W.

    "I'm looking for a book of which I know the ISBN" is just fine, though rather formal.

    You could also say "I'm looking for a book whose ISBN I know". The pronoun 'whose' is not used exclusively for people.

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    Thank you both!

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