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I'm confused what verb is correct.

  • Feelings she hardly recognize.
  • Feelings she hardly recognizes.

Is the verb 'recognize' for 'she' or for 'feelings'?

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Feelings, which are not aware, cognizant beings, can't usually recognize anything. So she must be the subject of the verb.

This is a fairly standard use of the adjective clause, which you should learn to recognize. The typical form is a noun followed by some phrase modifying the noun. Example:

The tree that she used to climb as a child.

It's not uncommon to drop "that" or other subordinate conjunctions from adjective phrases:

The tree (that) she used to climb as a child

The bank teller (who) I spoke with.

The city (which) I grew up in.

And so on. In this case "(that) she hardly recognizes" modifies "feelings". As an example:

Feelings ((that) she hardly recognizes) are rushing over her.

As a side note: It's unusual to hear this sentence in the present tense, as I would expect it to be part of some narrative. Narratives commonly use the past tense:

Feelings she hardly recognized were washing over her.

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