Whenever I met her, which was fairly often, she greeted me with a sweet smile.

In the above sentence, which is a relative pronoun. I am wondering what which stands for. Does it stand for "I met her" or "Whenever I met her, she greeted me with a sweet smile"?

  • Is this your second question on the same topic? Read about how to use non-restrictive clause in the middle of the sentence. It'll clear most of your doubts about this topic. NRCs are used to provide some additional information and removing them will still make sense. They refer to the clause they follow so here, it's "whenever you meet".
    – Maulik V
    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:26
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It stands for Whenever I met her

That he met her fairly often.

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    You might also explain why it can't be either of the OP's other choices.
    – user230
    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:34

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