What does 'they' refer to?
I read these sentences in wikipedia:
Most classical compounds translate readily into everyday language, especially nouns: bio- as ‘life’ -graphy as ‘writing, description’. Because of this, >>> the compounds of which they are part <<< (usually classical or learned compounds) can be more or less straightforwardly paraphrased: biography as ‘writing about a life’, neurology as ‘the study of the nervous system’.
Does ' they' stand for ' most classical compounds' in the last sentence?
Do you think the expression is perfect or acceptable?I mean 'they' looks far from the words it refers to.
Do you yourself prefer writing sentences this way? If not, how would you possibly put it?