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the meaning of

Post by navi » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:47 am

Which are correct and which are natural:

1) He is the man I have to find the brother of.
2) He is the man of whom I have to find the brother.
3) He is the man the brother of whom I have to find.

4) This is a word I have to find the meaning of.
5) This is a word of which I have to find the meaning.
6) This is a word the meaning of which I have to find.


Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:05 pm

Only 1) and 4) strike me as being anything close to what you might call 'natural'.

The most natural way of expressing these concepts employs the relative pronoun "whose":

He is the man whose brother I have to find.

This is a word whose meaning I have to find [out].
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