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Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child".

Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from a children with an infinitive verbal form in a relative clause, with the parent being the subject of the phrase.

Is it correct to do it like so?

The parent from whose children to get something

or maybe (which I believe would be equivalent to the first):

The parent, the children of which to get something from

Or is such a relative clause incorrect?


Edit: My question is not really about the difference between whose and which. I use of which in the second phrase, which I believe can be used in place of whose (the "parent" and "children" actually don't refer to people but objects). Granted, the use of of which in the original second phrase was probably wrong, and the new one is at best cumbersome.

My question is more about the correctness of creating a relative clause with an infinitive verbal form and the from preposition.


To clarify, the context I want to use this phrase in is programming: I want to describe a parameter of a function, which is usually done using infinitive phrases (e.g. "the stuff to update", "the thing to delete"...)

  • I clarified my question (the core problem being not the difference between whose and which but the correctness of such a relative clause). – TedGrassman Jan 22 at 11:49
  • Ted your question is both rather long and unclear - which is probably why no-one has tried to answer it. It would benefit greatly from being shortened and clarified. – Ronald Sole Jan 22 at 14:35

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