Is this sentence correct?

The object of which you want to monitor the movements

Is there another way to say the same thing?

  • Depends on what you mean. You may actually mean "for which" in this case, but it's not clear from the information provided. – Robusto Jul 7 '14 at 10:48

The phrase is correct, at least in the sense that it is in accordance with the precepts of Latin grammar as they have been applied to English. There is no particular reason, other than arbitrary decree and academic habit, why the sentence should have been constructed in that way (which was very likely in order to avoid ending the sentence/clause with a preposition). A more natural formulation using approximately the same words would have been

The object which you want to measure the movements of

That formulation has the unfortunate property that it violates prescriptive grammar as jarringly as the prescriptive formulation violates natural grammar. An alternative that would say the same thing without disturbing anybody's sensibilities would be

The object whose movements you want to measure

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    Without disturbing anybody's sensibities? There are some people who believe in a zombie rule that you can't use whose to refer to inanimates! See, for example, this. – Colin Fine Jul 7 '14 at 11:52
  • @ColinFine - Okay (he said is "no true Scotsman" fashion), no sane person's sensibilities. – bye Jul 7 '14 at 12:19

The phrase is not correct. Presumably the author started with the phrase:

the object which you want to measure the movements of,

and said "oh no! that ends with a preposition!" So they moved the of and obtained

the object of which you want to measure the movements,

changing a grammatical phrase to a patently ungrammatical one. What they should have done was rearrange the phrase to obtain:

the object the movements of which you want to measure.

In my opinion, the first of these three options is the best.

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