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# I have a doubt regarding the use of which to refer to an

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I have a doubt regarding the use of which to refer to an antecedent.

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Is the sentence correct? : He ate the pig, which was considered taboo in those days.
I mean can which refer to the phrase - He ate the pig ?

Also can that be used as antecedent referent?
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24 Sep 2009, 00:37
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I have a doubt regarding the use of which to refer to an antecedent.

So,
Is the sentence correct? : He ate the pig, which was considered taboo in those days.
I mean can which refer to the phrase - He ate the pig ?

Also can that be used as antecedent referent?

You cannot refer back to a phrase using which. "which" is generally used to refer back to noun immediately before comma. In the above example, which is referring to "pig" and not the whole phrase.

I guess a better way would be: He ate the pig -- a custom considered taboo in those days.
By looking at the options, it would be easy to choose.
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25 Sep 2009, 06:08
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I found very good references on net regarding antecedents.
These will surely help everyone confused with antecedents.

Here're the urls :
2. http://uwf.edu/writelab/reviews/pronounreference/
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25 Sep 2009, 09:36
Which refers to the last noun/pronoun, not the whole part of the sentence.
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