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    Give me a hand analyzing this sentence

    Dear All,

    I tried hard to figure out what on earth the "which" suggests.
    It keeps confounding me.

    --quote--

    Having formed only about 20 million years ago, Beta Pictoris is just about
    the age when we would expect it to have a disk, and so far it is the only star around which one has been observed.

    --end quote--

    If which = the (only) star = it = Beta Pictoris, it seems not to make any sense to me. What does the "one" suggest?

    If which = the disk, it makes little sense. But "the disk" is a bit far from "which"...kind of strange.


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    #2

    Smile Re: Give me a hand analyzing this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Dear All,

    I tried hard to figure out what on earth the "which" suggests.
    It keeps confounding me.

    --quote--

    Having formed only about 20 million years ago, Beta Pictoris is just about
    the age when we would expect it to have a disk, and so far it is the only star around which (= star) one (= disk) has been observed.

    --end quote--

    If which = the (only) star = it = Beta Pictoris, it seems not to make any sense to me. What does the "one" suggest?

    If which = the disk, it makes little sense. But "the disk" is a bit far from "which"...kind of strange.


    Best Regards

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    Re: Give me a hand analyzing this sentence

    Thank you.
    Does it also mean that the disk around Beta Pictoris is the only one?

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    Thumbs up Re: Give me a hand analyzing this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Thank you.
    Does it also mean that the disk around Beta Pictoris is the only one?
    Yes, it does.

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