The sentence is: In her panic she couldn't remember which was Mr Grainger's cabin.

"In her panic" is an adjective that describes the pronoun "she" but what is "which was Mr Grainger's cabin" ? Is it an adverbial that modifies "remember" ?

  • "Which" is a determiner of the noun phrase. A stripped down sentence with a similar structure is "she remember the cabin". Both "The cabin" and "which was Mr. Grainger's cabin" are noun phrases.
    – Stefan
    Sep 30, 2017 at 21:23

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The clause "which was Mr. Grainger's cabin" is subordinate.  It acts as the direct object of "remember". 

If the clause were not subordinate, it would be interrogative: "Which was Mr. Grainger's cabin?"  As stands, it is a nominative clause, a content clause.  In either case, we can regard "which" as a substantive adjective or a pronoun, acting as the subject of its clause.  "Was" is the verb.  "Mr. Grainger's cabin" is the verb's argument, a predicate nominative subject complement. 

As a subordinate, it does not represent a question.  It represents a fact, something that happens to be the related question's answer. 

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