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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?

  • You should use what there, not which. – Robusto Jan 15 '17 at 4:17
  • @Robusto 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 Jan 15 '17 at 4:25
  • Sounds like they're being pseudo-archaic, fake high-toned English which may work for dopey lyrics but not for real speech/writing. – Robusto Jan 15 '17 at 5:09
  • @Robusto Oh thanks. So they are really archaic either? – gualk Jan 15 '17 at 5:11
  • It could have been used in some mangled passage in the Bible or something. But I've never encountered any such usage. – Robusto Jan 15 '17 at 5:37

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