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AVim

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi guys, sometimes I find the "of which" clause could be really complicated. I met some sentences from a grammar book today:
I like the house of which the windows face south.
I like the house, of which the windows face south.

I like the house the window of which face south.
I like the house, the window of which face south.
Can you tell me which are good?
Previously I post a similar question here, and it seems that the ones with comma are good, right?

Thanks.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Personally, I don't care for any of them, and the last two really don't sound good (and there's only one window on that side of the house). :)

    My suggestions, in order of preference:
    I like the house where the windows face south.
    I like the house in which the windows face south.
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    To be honest this sounds more like grammar book sentences than real English.

    In real life I'd say: I prefer the house with the south-facing windows.

    Back to your book - the point they want to teach you is one on which American and English writers don't agree. In the UK we don't bother with this, so you'll need to wait for an American to explain the grammar book point to you.
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    My suggestions, in order of preference:
    I like the house where the windows face south.
    I like the house in which the windows face south.

    What about "I like the house whose windows face south"? I think it's fine, but you didn't even mention that, which makes me wonder. :rolleyes:

    Thanks a bunch.
     
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