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    Can "which" refer to plural antecedent? Should the reference be necessarily singular?

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    Re: "Which" - plural antecedent

    We had a discussion about the use of which a while ago, check it out
    http://www.urch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22411
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    Thanks for the post. However, it does not say whether which can refer to plural antecedents.

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    Re: "Which" - plural antecedent

    Which can refer to noun phrases and since they can be plural or singular which should refer to both.
    E.g.
    improvements in the production process, which... - which in this case can refer to process or to increases in the production process depending on the context
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    Can which refer to the whole sentence?

    1) Can "which" refer to a whole sentence? or just the noun/any part of a noun phrase?

    For example: Gover't stop subsidizing the farmers of the fruit industry, which ____________.

    Here in this example, can "which" refer to the whole sentence (Gover't stop subsidizing . . .)? Then, one could write . . . industry, which is horrible for all the citizen in the country.

    refer to main noun (the farmers); then, one could write . . . industry, which already receive not enough of funding to grow their plants.

    refer to preceded word(s) (industry/ fruit industry); then, one could write . . . industry, which includes apple and orange farms.


    2) What about the word "that"? I guess "that" cannot refer to a whole sentence, but can it refer to any part of a noun phrase or only the preceded word(s) noun in the noun phrase?

    I really want to know and be clarify all the possible usage for "which" and "that". Thank you very much!

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    In my opinion, "which" CAN refer to a whole clause (not a sentence; the clause may be main clause which may look like a sentence!) when it stats an apositive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 800 View Post
    In my opinion, "which" CAN refer to a whole clause (not a sentence; the clause may be main clause which may look like a sentence!) when it stats an apositive.
    Nope,

    Which can only refer to a NOUN. If you see any sentence in which is being used to refer to "whole clause", you should be 100% sure that the sentence is wrong.

    Example:

    They were watching the movie, which has won the national prize. [Movie, which]

    The THUMB ruel about which in GMAT:

    COMMA + WHICH is correct. If you check the official guides and GMATPREP, you will find that "which" has been used after COMMA.

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    Re: "Which" - plural antecedent

    How about this sentence? Is it correct?

    "We just had a very rough day yesterday... parliamentary elections, which turned out quite a disaster."

    Can which in this sentence refer to the plural "parliamentary elections" ?

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    Re: "Which" - plural antecedent

    Quote Originally Posted by Aleks View Post
    How about this sentence? Is it correct?

    "We just had a very rough day yesterday... parliamentary elections, which turned out quite a disaster."

    Can which in this sentence refer to the plural "parliamentary elections" ?
    Yes, which​ can refer to plural nouns.
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