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    #1

    "which name"

    Hi, there.

    >Their ship was driven away to one of the Shetland Islands, which name was unknown to them.

    1. I have heard that "which name" is not usable nowadays and it is old English. It should be "the name of which."

    2. Some people says that WHICH in the senetence means "the Shetland Islands."

    Are both answers correct?

    Any comment is appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: "which name"

    What are your answers? That is, what do you think?


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    #3

    Re: "which name"

    Hello, Casiopea.

    I think it should be "the name of which," and the antecedent is "one of the Shetland Islands" or "an/one island."

    I hope I'm not mistaken.

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    Re: "which name"

    I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by TomTom
    I think it should be "the name of which"
    Their ship was driven away to one of the Shetland Islands,and the name of the Shetland island was unknown to them.

    Their ship was driven away to one of the Shetland Islands,, the name of which was unknown to them.


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    Re: "which name"

    Thank you for the answer. But I'm quite not sure about that.

    >the name of the Shetland island

    Is it the same as "the name of the Shetland islands?" Islands have many named islands. Does "the Shetland island" mean the islands' name itself? In other words, I was mistaken about on the latter answer, wasn't I?

    Sorry but because of my limited English skill, I cannot recognize it well. I'm glad if you would say "correct/incorrect" directly.

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    Re: "which name"

    Plural:
    . . . the Shetland Islands, the names of which are . . .
    => "which" refers back to the plural noun phrase "the Shetland Islands".

    Singular:
    . . . one of the Shetland Islands, the name of which is . . .
    => "which" refers back to the singular noun "one".

    In short, the plural noun "Shetland Islands" is not the antecedent.

    . . . one of the Shetland Islands, and the name of that one island was unknown to them.


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    #7

    Re: "which name"

    Thank you, Casiopea.

    It was now clear to me. Thank you.

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    Re: "which name"

    You're most welcome.

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