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    In our own galaxy,

    In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there are perhaps 200 billion stars, ......... probably have planets on which life is feasible.

    1. a small fraction in which
    2. a small fraction of which
    3. a small fraction which
    4. which a fraction of

    I don't know why No.2 is correct. Would you please tell me that what's the reference of "of' in "of which" in this test?

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    Re: In our own galaxy,

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there are perhaps 200 billion stars, ......... probably have planets on which life is feasible.

    1. a small fraction in which
    2. a small fraction of which
    3. a small fraction which
    4. which a fraction of

    I don't know why No.2 is correct. Would you please tell me that what's the reference of "of' in "of which" in this test?
    The "which" in "of which" refers to "fraction". #2 is the only possible answer.

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    Re: In our own galaxy,

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    As Mike says, #2 is the correct answer.

    I think the relative pronoun "which" refers to the 200 billion stars.

    In "a small fraction of which", the preposition "of" expresses the relationship between a part and the whole.
    e.g. "some of that", "a piece of cake"… etc.

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    Re: In our own galaxy,

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    As Mike says, #2 is the correct answer.

    I think the relative pronoun "which" refers to the 200 billion stars.

    In "a small fraction of which", the preposition "of" expresses the relationship between a part and the whole.
    e.g. "some of that", "a piece of cake"… etc.
    Yes, I miswrote.

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    #5

    Re: In our own galaxy,

    Sth like "all of which" or "all of whom" for example. Right?

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    Re: In our own galaxy,

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Sth like "all of which" or "all of whom" for example. Right?
    Yes.

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