Posted by R. Berg on August 23, 2003
In Reply to: Re: The title of which, which title posted by GPP on August 23, 2003
: : : Hi!
: : : A book says only the first sentence is acceptable. I don't know why the second sentence is not acceptable.
: : : The movie The Wizard of Oz, _________ is taken from the book of the same name, has been a children's favorite for years.
: : : a) the title of which
: : : b) which title
: : : Thanks for your help.
: : : Tom
: : I have to admit I don't either, except that b) is a little more formal and fussier-sounding--but maybe I'm missing some fine point of grammar.
: Oh, I think I see--the subject of the sentence is the word "movie", not "The Wizard of Oz"; and "movie" isn't a title. That's why.
I believe "which title" was acceptable in English two or three hundred years ago but isn't standard today.
The sentence could also say (correctly) ". . . Oz, a title taken from the book of the same name," or ". . . Oz, whose title is taken from the book of the same name."