For example:

He eats an apple which I picked yesterday.

If I want to modify the apply by a prepositional phrase, can I say:

He eats an apple above the table which I picked yesterday.

If I can't, how can I express the same meaning within one sentence?

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    You picked a table yesterday? Putting the adjective clause immediately following the word "table" implies exactly that. – Cascabel Mar 25 '16 at 21:32
  • */??He wants a basket for a large dog which is made out of wicker. // He eats an apple (which I picked yesterday) above the table. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 26 '16 at 0:20

You've constructed a dangling modifier that leaves doubt about what got picked yesterday.

We can tie down that modifier with some punctuation.

He eats an apple, above the table, which I picked yesterday.

Parenthetical commas indicate that you can remove "above the table" and still have a meaningful sentence.

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