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    #1

    the number of whose

    Which are correct:
    1-Let us assume there is a bag full of coins and you have been told the number of its coins.
    2-Let us assume there is a bag full of coins the number of whose coins has been told to you.
    3-Let us assume there is a bag full of coins the number of whose coins you have been told.

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    Re: the number of whose

    My problem with "its coins" or "whose coins" is that the bag doesn't own the coins.

    Let us assume there is a bag full of coins and you have been told the number of coins inside.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: the number of whose

    Hello.

    How about:

    Let us assume there is a bag full of coins and you have been told the number of the coins.
    Let us assume there is a bag full of coins(,) the number of which you have been told.
    (Or Let us assume there is a bag full of coins(,) of which the number you have been told.)

    P.S. I agree Barb's version is the most natural.

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