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    #1

    In which he had

    His own chances which he had missed, as well as some of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on".

    Why was only which not used again in this sentence?

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    #2

    Re: In which he had

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    His own chances which he had missed, as well as some of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on".

    Why was only which not used again in this sentence?
    I'm afraid that sentence makes no sense at all to me.

    The closest I can get would be "His own chances, some of which he had missed, as well as some which he had not, had, to use his own expression, caught on."

    But it's still a huge mess and I have no idea if it still means what the original author meant!

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    #3

    Re: In which he had

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    His own chances which he had missed, as well as some of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on".

    Why was only which not used again in this sentence?
    I'm sorry, I don't understand this passage at all. Is his expression "caught on"? Or did whatever that exression is catch on?

    It seems like the part in bold is missing the word "not": chances he had missed as well as chances he had not missed.

    But I really can't "catch on" to the intended meaning at all.

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    Re: In which he had

    The lecturer went on in the same vein, and told of some of his own chances which he had missed, as well as of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on"; and he told some stories of personal experience so well that he made a lot of people cry a little.
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    Re: In which he had

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    The lecturer went on in the same vein, and told of some of his own chances which he had missed, as well as some of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on"; and he told some stories of personal experience so well that he made a lot of people cry a little.
    Nope, I'm afraid I'm lost. The whole section between "as well as" and "caught on" makes no sense whatsoever.

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    #6

    Re: In which he had

    What a writer then.If you don't understand it, how I would understand

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    #7

    Re: In which he had

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    What a writer then.If you don't understand it, how I would understand
    The lecturer told us that some some chances we would miss, while others we would "catch on to", as he put it.
    The lecturer went on in the same vein, and told of some of his own chances which he had missed, as well as of some in which he had, to use his own expression, "caught on"; and he told some stories of personal experience so well that he made a lot of people cry a little.


    It's simply poor writing. The lecturer told them of some chances he missed, and of others that he didn't miss. It doesn't bear much more analysing.

    By the way, it's a good idea to post a whole sentence rather than a fragment. That makes it easier for teachers to identify the verb, the subject etc. which occasionally helps in understanding the meaning of the phrase.

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