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Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? I would really appreciate it if the reason were presented.

(A) It is a very old custom, in some areas, to stop the clocks in a house where has been a death.
(B) It is a very old custom, in some areas, to stop the clocks in a house where a death has been.
(C) It is a very old custom, in some areas, to stop the clocks in a house where there has been a death.

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    Can you show some effort? Why do you think this question is difficult? What would your answer be, and why? – James K Aug 3 '18 at 7:41
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There are a few things you could say.

"It is an old custom to stop the clocks in a house where there has been a death." is the most right of the three.

"It is an old custom to stop the clocks in a house where a death has occurred." would also work. or "in a house where someone died."

Try moving the sentence around. "Someone died in this house." is the same as "In this house, someone died." It is just active/passive voice.

  • I think B is marginal but acceptable, although it sounds slightly archaic -- which makes me think this is a poor question all-around. And of course OP should have shown some supporting guesses or research. – Andrew Aug 7 '18 at 3:03

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