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    #1

    "watching which"

    The film is a work of unearthly beauty, watching which can, if you allow it to cast its spell on you, turn into a rapturous experience.
    Is "watching which" grammatically correct?

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    #2

    Re: "watching which"

    Where did you find this?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: "watching which"

    I don't like it. I would use and watching it can.

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    #4

    Re: "watching which"

    It's probably strictly grammatical, but no native speaker would think to say it.
    "I'm going to do my homework, following which, I'll watch TV". This is grammatical, but again, it's formal, and rarely used.

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    #5

    Re: "watching which"

    I'd still like to know where Bart found this sentence.

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    #6

    Re: "watching which"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Mr. Verbanck:

    I just wanted to share a few ideas (not "answers").

    I found this quotation that may interest you:

    "There is much valuable property in the boats on these canals, the watching of which is of great importance."

    a. That sentence appeared in The Law Journal Reports, published in 1871 and accessed in Google "books."
    b. There were few examples of "the watching of which," and most of them were from older English.

    I was just wondering, then, maybe your sentence means something like:


    "The film is a work of unearthly beauty, the watching of which can turn into a rapturous experience."

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    #7

    Re: "watching which"

    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions, although I don't get why the moderators seem to care so much about where I found that sentence.

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    #8

    Re: "watching which"

    And I can't get why you are so reluctant to tell us.

    Knowing the source and author of any text you quote, and in what context, helps us to give you better-informed answers. It's essential if you are quoting copyright material.

    We are not as strict as WordReference. com (click here and read rules 3 and 4), where questions such as this are often summarily deleted.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Oct-2015 at 09:41.

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    #9

    Re: "watching which"

    Firstly, this is a question about the grammatical correctness of a single sentence. Context is irrelevant.
    Secondly, quoting a single sentence in a public forum is not a breach of copyright, trust me, I know copyright law.
    Thirdly, if it was a sentence out of a text from a published author, you can assume I would have given it an attribution.
    Lastly, I have to say that I've been on many internet forums, but looking around here, this is by far the most over-moderated, not to say paranoid, forum I've ever come across.

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    Are you sure that you are a native French speaking, Portuguese English teacher?
    No more replies, please, until the OP has answered bhai's question in post #2.

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    #10

    Re: "watching which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Verbanck View Post
    Firstly, this is a question about the grammatical correctness of a single sentence. Context is irrelevant.
    Context is rarely irrelevant.

    Secondly, quoting a single sentence in a public forum is not a breach of copyright, trust me, I know copyright law.
    Nobody here has suggested it is.

    Thirdly, if it was a sentence out of a text from a published author, you can assume I would have given it an attribution.
    We can't just assume that, I'm afraid.


    Lastly, I have to say that I've been on many internet forums, but looking around here, this is by far the most over-moderated, not to say paranoid, forum I've ever come across.
    1. Nobody forces you to come here.
    2. Rover has already provided a link to forum that is far more tightly moderated than this one.
    3. It's the moderation, carried out by people who give up their free time, unpaid, to do it that keeps this site largely free from spam, trolls, time-wasters and legal problems.

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