Posted by Tom on August 24, 2003
In Reply to: The title of which, which title posted by R. Berg 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."
Thank you for your answers.
"Which" can be used as a relative determiner, but it need a preposition before that, right?
a) He called her by the wrong name, for which mistake he apologized immediately.
How about next sentence? I quote it from the same dictionary.
b) I said nothing, which fact made him angry.
Many English natives don't accept the last sentence, I guess. I am just wondering why a) sounds OK but b) sounds strange.
PS. I was surprised to see another Tom had posted his question right after me.