something that happen that you can't control

What does this sentence mean?And,what does the second "that" mean?

1 Answer 1


The "that" is referring to the "something"

something that happens that you can't control
something that happens, and that is something you can't control

An example of what that something might be is falling in love.

falling in love happens, and you can't control falling in love

  • So,the functionalities of the two "that"s are the same?
    – zzzgoo
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:20
  • @zzzgoo Yes, both "that"s are relative pronouns, but they are at a different syntactic level or hierarchy. The referent of the first "that" is "something", while the referent of the second "that" is "something that happens".
    – Gustavson
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:28

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .