sentence structure: on which, for which, in which

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Would anyone advise what kind of grammar book I should refer to for studying the sentence structures like the following?

 

(1) The assumptions on which the recommendation is based are erroneous.

(2) For each tactic  suggestions are offered about the communication tasks for which it is suitable.

(3) There are several ways in which this book can be used.

 

 

asked Sep 22 '11 at 00:39 CF LOK New member

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This construction is used to avoid ending a sentence (or phrase) with a preposition.  Although it is an antiquated, prescriptivist rule, here is how it works (best explained with examples).

 

(1) The assumptions that the recommendation is based on are erroneous. (using which is unnecessary)

 

The assumptions upon which the recommendation is based are erroneous.


(2) For each tactic, suggestions are offered about the communication tasks it is suitable for. (this sentence is really confusing.)

 

For each tactic,  suggestions are offered about the communication tasks for which it is suitable.

 

However, I would completely rewrite as:

 

We offer suggestions about the communication tasks suitable for use with each tactic.

 


(3) There are several ways that this book can be used.

 

Note, that the use of 'in' in this sentence is completely unnecessary.

link answered Sep 23 '11 at 13:41 Kimberly Expert

Thank you so much. But this kind of "antiquated" style is prevailing in our community. Could you kindly advise what grammar books I should refer to if I want to learn and practice how to compose sentence in this style? CF LOKSep 25 '11 at 03:46

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