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In the sentence

For example, the proportion of children's book borrowed doubled to comprise 40% of total

I mean that "book borrowed" = book which is borrowed. And the full sentence is :

For example, the proportion of children's book which is borrowed doubled to comprise 40% of total

Please confirm for me. The way I mean correct or incorrect?

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The first would have to read:

For example, the proportion of children's books borrowed doubled to comprise 40 % of the total.

The second would have to read:

For example, the proportion of children's books which were borrowed doubled to comprise 40 % of the total.

Amended in that way, both can be used. The first is more likely to be what a native speaker would write.

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  • by your interpretation. I understand that, my thoughts were correct.? Is correct
    – BinhPHT
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 16:21
  • @BinhPHT you used singular "book" and "is." Barrie has corrected these errors to note the plural "children's books were" as opposed to "children's books is" or "children's books was." Otherwise, the substitution is fine.
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 16:57
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If all the children possess ONE book, then you may write:

the proportion of children's (borrowed) book (that/which were borrowed)...

Or, if the children possess many books, you may write

the proportion of (borrowed) children's books (that/which were borrowed)...

You must choose either method; both are valid.

They are borrowed books. They are books that/which were borrowed.

It's a borrowed book. It's a book that was borrowed.

I recommend the use of the former to be concise. Nonetheless, either may be used.

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