August 12, 2011

Watch your "which"

Here's an irresistible sentence from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's description of a Louis Comfort Tiffany chair:
This chair is one of a pair closely related to a suite of furniture from the music room of the H. O. Havemeyer house, which Tiffany designed with Samuel Colman in 1891-92.
Now "which" of the bolded nouns did Tiffany and Colman design? We can almost definitely rule out "this chair"; but that still leaves four possible antecedents for that put-upon relative pronoun.

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