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    In the following sentence, what is the part of speech of "which"? Is it a pronoun? If it is a pronoun, what does it refer to?

    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons, both in close proximity and which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad; the physical power button would appear to turn the screen off, and is much more prominent than the actual, but virtual, Home button above it.

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    In the following sentence, what is the part of speech of "which"? Is it a pronoun? If it is a pronoun, what does it refer to?

    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons, both in close proximity and which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad; the physical power button would appear to turn the screen off, and is much more prominent than the actual, but virtual, Home button above it.
    It is a relative pronoun referring to "buttons".

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is a relative pronoun referring to "buttons".
    I read in some book that relative pronouns should immediately follow the noun they refer to!!!!!!!

    It can be restated like this so that it becomes more natural!!!!


    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad and are in close proximity;

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    I read in some book that relative pronouns should immediately follow the noun they refer to!!!!!!!

    It can be restated like this so that it becomes more natural!!!!


    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad and are in close proximity;
    That is no more natural than the original.

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    Re: Which

    But I read in Marcella Frank's book that relative pronoun should follow the noun that they refer to! I do not know! I'm not native speaker of English but this is what she has mentioned in her Modern English book.

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    I read in some book that relative pronouns should immediately follow the noun they refer to!!!!!!!

    It can be restated like this so that it becomes more natural!!!!


    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad and are in close proximity;
    They do unless some parenthetical words are inserted in between. I will mark the parenthetical phrase in red.

    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons (both in close proximity)which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad; the physical power button would appear to turn the screen off, and is much more prominent than the actual, but virtual, Home button above it.

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They do unless some parenthetical words are inserted in between. I will mark the parenthetical phrase in red.

    It seems like iOS users would likely be confused by two buttons (both in close proximity)which work nothing like their iPhone or iPad; the physical power button would appear to turn the screen off, and is much more prominent than the actual, but virtual, Home button above it.
    What do you mean by " parenthetical words "? Do you mean words that explain the preceding word?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    What do you mean by " parenthetical words "? Do you mean words that explain the preceding word?
    They are words in parentheses or that could be in parentheses. They add extra information, but are not needed for the structure or meaning of the sentence. Notice that your sentence reads just as well without the words "both in close proximity". I was merely trying to show you that the relative pronoun logically follows right after the noun "buttons". Do you understand?

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    Re: Which

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They are words in parentheses or that could be in parentheses. They add extra information, but are not needed for the structure or meaning of the sentence. Notice that your sentence reads just as well without the words "both in close proximity". I was merely trying to show you that the relative pronoun logically follows right after the noun "buttons". Do you understand?

    Yes! Now, I compeletely understand what you mean!

    Thanks! My problem solved!

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