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    Greetings:
    Please help to see this sentence as follow:
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which of several alternatives is best.
    Please help to analyse what's the two OF used for here?
    thanks in advance
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    Re: the OF

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengrong View Post
    Greetings:
    Please help to see this sentence as follow:
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which of several alternatives is best.
    Please help to analyse what's the two OF used for here?
    thanks in advance
    But there isn't much to talk about here. Way of... here is just like three ways of doing the job.
    which of ... functions like "among", which among several alternatives...

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    Re: the OF

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengrong View Post
    Greetings:
    Please help to see this sentence as follows:
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which of several alternatives is best.
    Please help to analyse what's the two OF used for here?
    thanks in advance
    Disclaimer: I am not a teacher.

    My suggestion: "Decision makers must have some ways of (what? The of-phrase is therefore an attribute to define the antecedent "ways")determining which of (the)several alternatives is (the) best."

    In other words, "some ways of determining which of several alternatives is best" = the ways which determine the one that is the best of the several alternatives.

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    Re: the OF

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    But there isn't much to talk about here. Way of... here is just like three ways of doing the job.
    which of ... functions like "among", which among several alternatives...
    I haven't got the key now.
    Should I change the phrase to these way:
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which of several alternatives is best? ---------------------- A
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which is best of several alternatives? ----------------------- B

    Now which one is better?

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    Re: the OF

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengrong
    Now which one is better?
    ...which alternative is best?
    ...which alternatives are best?


    ...which alternative out of several alternatives is best?
    ...which alternatives out of several alternatives are best?

    Does that help?

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    I think the grammar of the "A" sentence is correct, maybe not, but I don't care the grammar so much scholastically, all I wondered just is where the position of "of several alternative" being is better.

    I am not a smart student, so, give me a complete sentence as a reply, please! thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Disclaimer: I am not a teacher.

    My suggestion: "Decision makers must have some ways of (what? The of-phrase is therefore an attribute to define the antecedent "ways")determining which of (the)several alternatives is (the) best."

    In other words, "some ways of determining which of several alternatives is best" = the ways which determine the one that is the best of the several alternatives.
    Arh, yes, what you thought was that I had thought before, but now I think the "way" here is the object of "several alternatives", so that's why the "way" were not been used as pluralism.
    The "which......." was used to explain the determining. I was blocked on "which of" because I never saw a conjuction followed with "which" before this sentence.

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    Re: the OF

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengrong View Post
    Decision makers must have some way of determining which of several alternatives is best.
    Ex: Decision makers must have some way of determining which alternative (out) of several alternatives is best.

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    Re: the OF

    I see, thank you.

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    You're welcome.

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    I see. Thank you.

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