I have these two sentences as examples:

They seem a little concerned about the direction [that] we're taking.

If I'm not mistaken, about the direction we're taking is an adverb prepositional phrase because it modifies the adjective concerned, and prepositional phrases can have multiple elements inside it.

The thing [that] I wish for most is that people would all just get along.

Now the focus on the subject, so I wish for most seems to be describing the thing.

Are both of these parts of the sentence relative clauses because of how they modify and follow nouns? If so, a that could be introducing them, right?

  • yes, you are right. both of these are defining relative clauses. – JavaLatte Feb 9 at 3:01
  • Yes, they are relative clauses. They qualify as relatives because they have a (covert) relativised element which is anaphorically linked to the head nouns "direction" and "thing". I used the word covert because "that" is a subordinator, not a relative pronoun. – BillJ Feb 9 at 7:58
  • Great! I very much appreciate it. – mjfneto Feb 9 at 14:12

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