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Which one of these is correct?

  • I had two options of which I chose the former.
  • I had two options from which I chose the former.
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They're both fine. –  FumbleFingers May 26 '13 at 17:22
    
I first thought your Title should have stated "choose from" vs. "choice of". Now that I have looked at your question, I don't know if either Title accurately fits the question? 40 views make me feel I am incorrect. –  Charlie Brown Jun 9 '13 at 23:54
    
I find it interesting that "from" and "of" are the same word in many languages. –  Simon Kuang Jul 8 '13 at 19:48
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I would say the first is better (especially if you add a comma: "I had two options, of which I chose the former"). This is because, I think, you can rearrange it to be, "I chose the former of two options."

I can't rearrange the second sentence into a structure like this because the "from" doesn't work: *"I chose the former from two options"? It could be made more euphonious if you made it: "I had two options from which to choose. I chose the former."

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