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"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants"

I didn't put the second which in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone enlighten?

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If what you want is to avoid the double "which" – it is not wrong but it is unaesthetic to many – you have several options. You could go, "The town bordering the school, which is (etc.)" or turn it around as "The town, exclusively populated by immigrants, bordered the school", or do yet other things along the same lines.

Though what seems a little odd to me is a town bordering a school, it almost sounds as if the school is bigger than the town. If you have previously discussed the school and now want to say something about the town, however, that objection lapses. Even so, I would prefer something with "neighbouring".

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  • Thank you. The school is in a sense "bigger than the town". I was asking if the second "which" was necessary in the current phrasing. I should have added more context to allow for phrasing suggestions. The sentence before goes something along the lines of "but the island's biggest attraction was [name of town]..." And it's actually "androids", not "immigrants", I tried to tone the context down
    – joeav
    May 12, 2015 at 15:54
  • Well, everyone is an immigrant somewhere, so I don't know how successful that toning-down was. The androids aren't complaining yet.
    – David Pugh
    May 12, 2015 at 16:08
  • Yeah, but... in population terms I figured immigrants would be less distracting than androids. My personal take on it. (it's androids in the text, immigrants for the purpose of this post)
    – joeav
    May 13, 2015 at 11:43

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