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Hi,
One of the questions on SC 1000 is Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, which replaced older languages and writing systems

According to the solution this statement is actually correct. I am quite confused about this. Clearly the phrase "which replaced older languages and writing systems" is a modifying phrase. The question is what does it try to modify?
My algorithm is that modifying phrase modifies the noun immediately precceding or following it. So according to that logic this phrase must modify Egyptians. If thats the case this statement is wrong.
But if which refers to Arabic then this statement actually makes sense.
So my question is how does one figure out what does "which" in this statement actually refer to?

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New post 28 Apr 2009, 10:26
'which' refers to the noun before it (closest). So in this case, 'which' refers to egyptians. So this is wrong.

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New post 06 May 2009, 09:18
This is wrong dude....Which appears to be referring to Egyptians...Whereas it should be referring to Arabic....
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