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    #1

    How to use "of which"

    Hi

    If I refer to the possessive of a thing not a person, are the following sentences acceptable?
    1. The house color of which is red will be your new home.
    2. The house of which color is red will be your new home.
    3. The house whose color is red will be your new home.

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: How to use "of which"

    #1 and #2 are incorrect. #3 is OK. Alternatively, you can say: "The red house will be your new home."

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    #3

    Re: How to use "of which"

    "The house the color of which is red will be your new home." would be grammatical, but teechar's version is far better.


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    #4

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Joseph, for examples of how to use 'of which', click here and just look at the sentences where the two words appear together and are not separated.

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    #5

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "The house, the color of which is red, will be your new home (no full stop here)" would be grammatical, but teechar's version is far better.

    Note my punctuation above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "The house the color of which is red
    I think 'the color of which is' can simply be replaced with 'in'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Most people would simply say: the red house.

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    #8

    Re: How to use "of which"

    I agree completely. All of the examples are unnecessarily complicated versions of "The red house will be your new home". Unfortunately, many exercises require students to create unnatural sentences in order to practice certain grammar points.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Unfortunately, many exercises require students to create unnatural sentences in order to practice certain grammar points.


    I thought "practice" is American spelling. The verb in BrE is "practise".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: How to use "of which"

    Is it OK to say 'The red house, whose color has faded slightly, will be your new home'?
    I am not a teacher.

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