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# Help in SC

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19 Dec 2017, 05:48
Hi. I have a question about the usage of "which" in the sentence below.

The third-generation Audi Space Frame now has fewer components than its predecessors, WHICH makes it easier to build the car in large quantities.

Is the usage of "which" correct here?
In my point o view, "which" has no clear antecedent, and therefore makes this sentence wrong.

Following my logic, the correct sentence would be:
The 3rd genration Audi Space Frame now has fewer components than its predecessors, a diminution that makes it easier to build the car in large quantities.
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23 Dec 2017, 12:50
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UkrHurricane wrote:
Hi. I have a question about the usage of "which" in the sentence below.

The third-generation Audi Space Frame now has fewer components than its predecessors, WHICH makes it easier to build the car in large quantities.

Is the usage of "which" correct here?
In my point o view, "which" has no clear antecedent, and therefore makes this sentence wrong.

Following my logic, the correct sentence would be:
The 3rd genration Audi Space Frame now has fewer components than its predecessors, a diminution that makes it easier to build the car in large quantities.

Dear UkrHurricane,

I'm happy to respond.

My friend, you are perfectly correct--the "which" in the original sentence is wrong, because it is trying to point to an action. That's not kosher!!

Your correction is one possibility: substituting a noun that summarizes the action is what we need. The word "diminution" sounds a bit too formal--I could imagine readers saying "who are we trying to impress?" The much simpler word "change" would work just as well, and would be rather unobtrusive in doing so.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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03 Jan 2018, 18:25
Hello,

The 'change' in the 3rd generation Audi Space Frame is a fact, a direct statement. In GMAT, 'which' is not used as a reference to a previous fact, but as a relative pronoun.

In the original sentence, 'which' is referring to 'predecessors', i. e., 'predecessors are making easier to build cars in large quantity'. Note that this interpretation makes no sense, so it is incorrect.

Best,
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