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  1. #1 of which vs whose 
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    The car, the wheel of which was broken, crashed into a tree.
    The bungalows of which the roofs are leaking ought to...
    The bungalows, the roofs of which are leaking, ought to..
    I am wondering the reason why the position of of which has been changed.
    And, what is the difference and similarity between using of which and whose?
    Thanks in advance


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    Both are correct but I would say that the difference is not huge .

    "Of which " refers to a "thing " rather than a person .

    I think "whose " normally refers to a "person" but can also refer to a "thing " or " things".


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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    The bungalows of which the roofs are leaking ought to...
    The bungalows, the roofs of which are leaking, ought to..
    I think there is a slight difference between these two. In the first one, there are a number of bungalows being considered, but only some of them have leaky roofs. These are the ones that need to be repaired. In the second sentence, all the bungalows we are talking about have leaky roofs, and that is why they ought to be repaired.
    And, what is the difference and similarity between using of which and whose?
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    The choice to use of which or whose is just a personal preference. It doesn't change the meaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    Both are correct but I would say that the difference is not huge .

    "Of which " refers to a "thing " rather than a person.
    Yup. Although I would substitute the word "being" for the word person. That is my personal decision and I am the one who made that decision, therefor I am the one whose decision this is.
    Last edited by Mayflow; August 21st, 2014 at 07:46 PM.
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