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    ___ which was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.

    A) The bombing of Dresden was widel critized
    B) Henry VII was a typical Renaissance figure
    C) The Great Pyramids were built in an age
    D) The moon-landing gave rise to strange, new emotions
    E) This climbing expedition in the Taurus mountains was a complete failure


    Hi, the answer is C, but I wonder whether B could be correct too. Is it possible to use "which" after "figure" with the meaning in this question? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Linguaphile View Post
    ___ which was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.

    A) The bombing of Dresden was widel critized - widely criticized
    B) Henry VII was a typical Renaissance figure
    C) The Great Pyramids were built in an age
    D) The moon-landing gave rise to strange, new emotions
    E) This climbing expedition in the Taurus mountains was a complete failure


    Hi, the answer is C, but I wonder whether B could be correct too. Is it possible to use "which" after "figure" with the meaning in this question? Thanks.
    Answer C is correct, indeed. Figure cannot be followed by which, but by who or that, because figure means a character or a person that symbolizes something.
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    Additionally, choice B) is a copular construct.
    B) Henry VII = a typical Renaissance figure
    Its subject complement a typical Renaissance figure functions adjectivally and refers back to the subject Henry VII. Like this,
    Ex: Henry VII, a typical Renaissance figure, was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.
    The subject of was is Henry VII, not figure. Which is why this example doesn't work:
    B) Henry VII was a typical Renaissance figure which was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Additionally, choice B) is a copular construct.
    B) Henry VII = a typical Renaissance figure
    Its subject complement a typical Renaissance figure functions adjectivally and refers back to the subject Henry VII. Like this,
    Ex: Henry VII, a typical Renaissance figure, was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.
    The subject of was is Henry VII, not figure. Which is why this example doesn't work:
    B) Henry VII was a typical Renaissance figure which was characterized by supreme selfconfidence and great achievement.


    Thank you for your thorough explanation on this subject.

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    You're most welcome.

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