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Can the relative clause refer to either supermarket or street in the following sentences?

  1. I often go shopping at Sonam supermarket on Main Street, which carry everything I need.
  2. I often go shopping at Sonam supermarket on Main Street, where there are a lot of superstores.
  • The antecedent of "which" is the nominal "Sonam supermarket on Main Street". The antecedent of "where" is understood to be "Main Street". – BillJ Apr 4 at 8:22
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In example 1, "which carry everything I need" definitely refers to "Sonam supermarket".

However, please note that it should be:

..., which carries everything I need.

in singular, since there is only one supermarket.


Example 2 is slightly more ambiguous. First, you mix "supermarkets" with "superstores".

Second, the subordinate clause should relate also to "Sonam supermarket", but a supermarket does not have "superstores", so the meaning is that the subordinate clause refers to the "Main Street".

To remove ambiguity, you could say:

  1. I often go shopping at Sonam supermarket on Main Street, because on Main street there are a lot of superstores. If I am not satisfied with Sonam, I will visit another one.

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