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# Rules of relative pronoun

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17 Jun 2008, 10:48
Can somebody confirm the rules for relative pronoun-

I understand that relative pronouns refers to the nearnest noun. Basically the proximity rule. However in case if we use nouns of noun then relative pronoun should refer to original noun. Eg-
I have painted the handle of the door which is broken.
Which here refers to handle not to door, need confirmation here..
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17 Jun 2008, 11:20
I'm in the same boat....would really appreciate if someone explained
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17 Jun 2008, 12:29
marshpa wrote:
Can somebody confirm the rules for relative pronoun-

I understand that relative pronouns refers to the nearnest noun. Basically the proximity rule. However in case if we use nouns of noun then relative pronoun should refer to original noun. Eg-
I have painted the handle of the door which is broken.
Which here refers to handle not to door, need confirmation here..

A relative pronoun refers to the nearest noun or SUBJECT OF THE NOUN PHRASE!

So in your example - 'I have painted the handle of the door, which is broken', the relative pronoun refers to the subject of the noun phrase 'the handle'. The part that follows the preposition 'of' is the object of the preposition. Hope this helps.
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17 Jun 2008, 13:46
I have painted the handle of the door, which is broken <-- in gmat which refers to door ... I'd eliminate this choice if which weren't referring to the door.
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