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    about a relative pronoun, which.

    Hi, guys.
    Thanks for dropping in my question.

    I've never seen this structure as wrong,
    but a book says the following sentence is ill-formed.

    "There are some problems caused by culture shock, which are anxiety, depression, and ill-health.

    I guess the book says the use of which is wrong in the above sentence.
    But, I don't see why.

    it is said to be related to the restrictive use of relative pronoun containing essential information...blah blah...

    Please explain to me the reason it is wrong...

    I feel like it haunting me. ;-(

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    Re: about a relative pronoun, which.

    Quote Originally Posted by whsans View Post
    Hi, guys.
    Thanks for dropping in my question.

    I've never seen this structure as wrong,
    but a book says the following sentence is ill-formed.

    "There are some problems caused by culture shock, which are anxiety, depression, and ill-health.

    I guess the book says the use of which is wrong in the above sentence.
    You don't need to guess. Does the book say this sentence is wrong?
    But, I don't see why. What does book say about this sentence?

    it is said to be related to the restrictive use of relative pronoun containing essential information...blah blah...
    'blah blah' might actually be useful to explicate. It could help in explaining what point the book is making.

    Please explain to me the reason it is wrong...

    I feel like it haunting me. ;-(
    It's not a good sentence for a number of reasons:
    "Anxiety, depression, and ill-health" is not a comprehensive list of the problems caused by culture shock.
    The 'which' clause doesn't refer to "culture shock" or to the whole first clause (which it should). It refers to problems.
    It's awkward.

    You could write, "Some problems caused by culture shock are anxiety, depression, and ill-health.
    "There are some problems caused by culture shock, some of which are anxiety, depression, and ill-health."

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    Re: about a relative pronoun, which.

    Quote Originally Posted by whsans View Post
    Hi, guys.
    Thanks for dropping in my question.

    I've never seen this structure as wrong,
    but a book says the following sentence is ill-formed.

    "There are some problems caused by culture shock, which are anxiety, depression, and ill-health.

    I guess the book says the use of which is wrong in the above sentence.
    But, I don't see why.

    it is said to be related to the restrictive use of relative pronoun containing essential information...blah blah...

    Please explain to me the reason it is wrong...

    I feel like it haunting me. ;-(
    Ill-formed, suggesting 'ungrammatical', is quite inappropriate, since there is nothing structurally wrong with the sentence.

    That said, however, it could be stylistically improved as per Raymott's suggestion.

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    much thanks to you guys.

    I really appreciate it that you guys gave me an appropriate explanation.

    , and I feel better from that there's nothing ill-formed in the sentence,

    except for some semantic problems.

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