Relative clause as a subject predicate

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Can which-clause function as a subject predicate like this?

That is which we had to overcome and penetrate.

It sounds weird to me, but is it a correct use of grammar?

gualk

Posted 2017-01-15T03:50:13.597

Reputation: 41

1You should use what there, not which. – Robusto – 2017-01-15T04:17:31.310

@Robusto https://genius.com/Godspeed-you-black-emperor-static-lyrics I thought that's what must be the case. But here, the preacher (this music is purely instrumental, with occasional long narratives and speeches) says this: That is which the prophet and the Urim and Thummim has penetrated.

– gualk – 2017-01-15T04:25:09.843

1Sounds like they're being pseudo-archaic, fake high-toned English which may work for dopey lyrics but not for real speech/writing. – Robusto – 2017-01-15T05:09:51.967

1@Robusto Oh thanks. So they are really archaic either? – gualk – 2017-01-15T05:11:09.197

1It could have been used in some mangled passage in the Bible or something. But I've never encountered any such usage. – Robusto – 2017-01-15T05:37:22.137

And I realize you have no control over this, but I would probably have said, "That is which the prophet and the Urim and Thummim have penetrated." – Teacher KSHuang – 2017-01-17T07:44:30.670

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