Apologies for the unclear title, but I wasn't sure how to phrase it.
Assume a table, on which lies an object, occupying half of the table. A hat is placed on the table.
Which of the following sentences is correct?
- The hat was placed on the table, half of which was occupied by an object
- The hat was placed on the table, which half of which was occupied by an object
The second sentence feels so unnatural to me, but isn't the first one not quite right either? Though not ungrammatical, it has a ring of offering a rather parenthetical, separate clause rather than a clause describing the previous one (that is, reading the first sentence, I get an impression of "and by the way, half of the table was occupied by an object". Indeed, I feel a semi-colon rather than a comma would be preferable in that case).
Also consider the sentences
- The hat was placed on the table, which was occupied by an object
- The hat was placed on the table, which was partly occupied by an object
Any input on the matter would be appreciated.