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    Smile WHICH is correct?

    Here is the sentence...
    It emerged that Martha made the complaint, which surprised everybody.

    Use of "which" is solecism in above sentence.

    Can I rewrite in this way: It emerged that Martha made the complaint, surprising everybody?

    It emerged that Martha made the complaint, a revelation that surprised everybody.


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    Re: WHICH is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Priyankur View Post
    Here is the sentence...
    It emerged that Martha made the complaint, which surprised everybody.

    Use of "which" is solecism in above sentence.

    Can I rewrite in this way: It emerged that Martha made the complaint, surprising everybody?

    It emerged that Martha made the complaint, a revelation that surprised everybody.
    Only your original sentence is not an example of solecism.


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    Re: WHICH is correct?

    If you look closely, you'll see that "which" is ambiguous in original sentence. Grammatically, "which" should refer to immediate antecedent and therefore, in original semetence, "which" is referring to "complaint". In reality, it is not complaint that surprises everybody rather making complaint surprises everybody.

    Don't you think so?

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    Re: WHICH is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Priyankur View Post
    If you look closely, you'll see that "which" is ambiguous in original sentence. Grammatically, "which" should refer to immediate antecedent and therefore, in original semetence, "which" is referring to "complaint". In reality, it is not complaint that surprises everybody rather making complaint surprises everybody.

    Don't you think so?
    Your original sentence shouldn't be ambiguous in writing, since the comma distances "complaint" from the next clause, and it should be apparent that the secondary clause refers to the whole of the main clause. If the comma wasn't there, the clause would refer to "complaint".

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