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Which of the following sentences is correct?

A. An oven that clean itself is very handy.

B. An oven clean itself that is very handy.

If there is any wrong sentence, then explain it with some examples.

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  • @Lambie I read that as "if either sentence is wrong..."
    – IMSoP
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 7:52
  • @Lambie Yes, it's definitely wrong as written. I just guessed at a slightly different meaning.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 16:52
  • @Lambie I'm not really disagreeing with you here; I'm saying "yes, I agree, that sentence is incorrect; since it's not clear, I wonder if you have guessed the meaning right, or if I did". Both meanings are, basically, saying the same thing, I just thought I'd mention what my guess was.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 17:16
  • There are many ways to help. If you had another rewrite, just put it up. When an OP's English is this level, and refuses to interact, there is no more one can do.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 17:31

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Both sentences are grammatically correct with one adjustment but mean slightly different things.

Firstly, since there is only one "oven", you need the singular form of "clean", which is "cleans".

An oven that cleans itself is very handy.

This would mean that there is an oven which cleans itself, and the speaker is commenting that it is handy (useful).

The phrase "that cleans itself" is said to "qualify" oven - it's not just any oven, it's an oven that cleans itself. That entire phrase then acts as the subject of the phrase "is very handy".

An oven cleans itself that is very handy.

This would be a slightly awkward but acceptable way to say "an oven that is very handy cleans itself".

In this case, "... that is very handy" qualifies "oven", and "an oven that is very handy" becomes the subject of "cleans itself". So the usefulness is already known, and the self-cleaning is new information.

This sentence is grammatically correct, but probably not what you wanted to say.

You can change the word order of the original without changing the meaning, but the result sounds awkward because key facts are left to the end:

An oven is very handy that cleans itself.

We might use this ability to vary word order for emphasis, e.g.:

An oven is on special offer that cleans itself.

places greater emphasis on the "special offer" than:

An oven that cleans itself is on special offer.


As an additional point, the use of "is" implies that there is a real self-cleaning oven you're referring to. If you are wishing one existed, or wishing you had one, you would need to use "would be" instead of "is".

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  • "Is" could also be used if speaking in the abstract -- whether a person in general would find it very handy, rather than a particular person.
    – Mary
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 17:50
  • @Mary I guess I didn't word that part very well: my point was that "is" requires the oven to exist somewhere, whereas "would be" can be used for talking about a hypothetical or imaginary oven.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 21:09
  • The OP fixed the misspelling on the same day the question was posted. The merit is all yours, the OP will probably never misspell oven ever again. But your answer appears confusing because it continues to mention "woven"; you could get rid of those references and still have a half-decent answer.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 5:52
  • @Mari-LouA Thanks for pointing that out; I've deleted that part of the answer, and expanded the rest.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 8:09
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- A self-cleaning oven is very convenient.

Some appliances may handy (if small) but a self-cleaning oven refers to an oven that is using a process, so it can't be said to be handy. The self-cleaning feature can be easy or convenient to use.

That is simply the way this is said.

An oven that cleans itself is self-cleaning.

[third person: An oven that cleans itself requires an s on the verb.]

Read all about them in How Stuff Works

Self-cleaning oven

The word that introducing a clause generally follows the word to which it refers.

The car that is in the garage is very old.

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  • +1 if you explain why the OP's B sentence is ungrammatical. An oven clean itself that is very handy.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 22:47
  • Why isn't a self-cleaning oven "handy"? Isn't it useful?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 22:55
  • @Mari-LouA I explained why I thought it wasn't. A cleaning process is not handy, a thing is. Also, I did explain why it was wrong as I wrote: An oven that cleans itself is self-cleaning, with the s in bold. A cleaning process can be convenient.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 23:01
  • A machine is handy, a process is easy or convenient.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 23:07
  • A self-cleaning oven is designed to stay locked until the high temperature process is completed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/….
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 12:54

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