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    #1

    "but" coordinates what?

    I have this problem with guide books. I read too many hurriedly (usually on a plane) and then forget them and my debt to them. When I'm travelling, I soon learn which to reach for first (perhaps the safest indicator of which is best). But a few countries later I have forgotten perhaps not which I chose, but almost certainly why. Good ones are the kick-start for the experience, rather than the experience itself.
    Hello!

    Questions:

    1. The two 'whiches' are coreferential, right?
    2. The safest indicator of that book (=which) is best. What does this mean?
    3. "but" coordinates [not this] but [that]: [not which I chose] but [ why]. Agree?
    4. I have forgotten ... but why (I chose which). Are the words in bracket the elided part via resort to ellipsis?

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    #2

    Re: "but" coordinates what?

    There is ellipsis in the sentence

    When I'm travelling, I soon learn which to reach for first (perhaps the safest indicator of which is best).

    Without the ellipsis it would read

    When I'm travelling, I soon learn which guide book to reach for first (perhaps the safest indicator of which guide book is best).

    Does it help?

    Your sentence

    The safest indicator of that book is best.

    doesn't mean anything to me. The original sentence does.

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    #3

    Re: "but" coordinates what?

    Thank you for your comment.

    What does "the safest indicator is best" mean? I still do not get it.
    Any comment on q3 and q4?
    In my opinion, the quoted paragraph is not written very effectively. Agree?

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