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Crime has recently decreased in our neighborhood, WHICH has led to a rise in property values.

In the sentence above, incorrect usage of WHICH is described as WHICH is used to refer to noun immediately preceding it.

However, is the sentence below, a correct representation?
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

I am getting confused, as the underlined phrase can be considered as an additive phrase and will turn into a fault statement.

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New post 24 May 2020, 01:03
I understand the grammatical question, but wouldn't it be better to just say "The recent decrease in crime has led to a rise in property values" in this case?
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New post 24 May 2020, 07:25
sood1596 wrote:
Crime has recently decreased in our neighborhood, WHICH has led to a rise in property values.

In the sentence above, incorrect usage of WHICH is described as WHICH is used to refer to noun immediately preceding it.

However, is the sentence below, a correct representation?
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

I am getting confused, as the underlined phrase can be considered as an additive phrase and will turn into a fault statement.

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Could you explain how the highlighted part is correct? How 'neighborhood' has led to rise in property values?
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Hi Asad, the highlighted part is incorrect. I understood that.

But is the bold statement the correct representation?

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sood1596 wrote:
Crime has recently decreased in our neighborhood, WHICH has led to a rise in property values.

In the sentence above, incorrect usage of WHICH is described as WHICH is used to refer to noun immediately preceding it.

However, is the sentence below, a correct representation?
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

I am getting confused, as the underlined phrase can be considered as an additive phrase and will turn into a fault statement.

Thanks

'crime' has led to a rise in property values? ---no
'decrease' has led to a rise in property values?---no
'a recent decrease in crime' ---->has led to a rise in property values. So, it is better if we use 'adverbial modifier' here in this case.
The better version could be:
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, leading to a rise in property values.
or,
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, raising the property values.
It is better to tag some experts here in this case.
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New post 24 May 2020, 09:30
sood1596 wrote:
Crime has recently decreased in our neighborhood, WHICH has led to a rise in property values.

In the sentence above, incorrect usage of WHICH is described as WHICH is used to refer to noun immediately preceding it.

However, is the sentence below, a correct representation?
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

I am getting confused, as the underlined phrase can be considered as an additive phrase and will turn into a fault statement.

Thanks

Note that which is a relative pronoun so you need an antecedent that must or must not precede immediately before it.
In your proposed sentence
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

the emphasis is on 'rise in property values'.
In Asad's solution the emphasis shifts to recent decrease in crime as rise in property values becomes a part of a modifier.
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New post 24 May 2020, 13:00
Wrong: ... neighbourhood, which led to ...

Okay: ... decrease in crime, which led to ...

Better: ... decrease in crime, leading to ...

Generally:
- Which needs to touch the noun it is modifying

- Which can modify a noun phrase, allowing it to "skip" the nearest noun (aka objects of preposition).

- If you need to modify the verb, Verb-ing / Verb-ed modifiers work better.

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New post 25 May 2020, 00:19
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However, is the sentence below, a correct representation?
In our neighborhood, there has been a recent decrease in crime, which has led to a rise in property values.

Hi sood1596, unless all other options are also equally bad or worse, I would say that in the above sentence also, which will modify crime, making the sentence non-sensical.

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