Hello, everyone,

  1. Some ten men visited the family, out of whom three stayed over.
  2. Some ten men visited the family, out of which three stayed over.

Which one of the two sentences is correct (even in terms of punctuation)?

Thanks.

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ahmad posted:
  1. Some ten men visited the family, out of whom three stayed over.
  2. Some ten men visited the family, out of which three stayed over.

Which one of the two sentences is correct (even in terms of punctuation)?

Hello, Ahmad,

While (1) is better than (2), I find neither sentence to be good, mainly because of "out of." And while you can say "of whom three," I would prefer "three of whom":

(1a) Some ten men visited the family, three of whom stayed over.

You may be concerned about the fact that the relative clause comes at the end of the sentence rather than after "men." That's OK. It has been "extraposed." If you still don't like it, you could use a fancy absolute construction instead:

(3) Some ten men visited the family, three of them staying over.

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