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    Is the following sentence correct in terms of the use of "of which?" Thank you for your help.

    - In 1990, he founded the real estate investment company, of which total assets now reach $50 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleung View Post
    Is the following sentence correct in terms of the use of "of which?" Thank you for your help.

    - In 1990, he founded the real estate investment company, of which total assets now reach $50 million.
    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.
    It is okay to me. But for what reason you have to put "of which" in front of "total assets"? For emphasis? If not, I would suggest putting it back into its normal order, "total assets of which now reach $50 million"?

    Anyway, I have seen such kind of construction before, say,
    Of the children, two have been killed.
    but not in the structure of your example.

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    In 1990, he founded the real estate investment company, the total assets of which now reach $50 million.

    The above parallels to what Albertino suggested.

    In 1990, he founded the real estate investment company whose total assets now reach $50 million.

    Although ‘whose’ (the possessive case of ‘who’ & ‘which’) is usually used to refer to people, we also use it for things. This’s the reason for the 2nd proposed sentence. Some might disagree.

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