It was one of a few houses (that were) (fully) built.

I want to say that the house was done, does just built mean that or should it be fully built ?

and is that were necessary or optional?

  • You might want to provide a little bit more context regarding your objectives with this sentence. For instance, is there any need to say fully built? (That might be the case if later you refer to other houses that are partly built for example).
    – JMB
    Feb 19 '21 at 22:18
  • Our neighborhood was quite new. Only a few years ago, my house was one of a few houses (that were) (fully) built and inhabited. The neighborhood quickly became a community. On my block,...move on to something else. @JMB
    – user130355
    Feb 19 '21 at 22:50
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    "completed/finished/delivered" could be other options... Feb 19 '21 at 23:29
  • Hi, welcome to ELL! Note that the grammar tag is a generic tag for people who do not know what tags to use, so I removed it. It shouldn't be added back. See the tag description.
    – Eddie Kal
    Feb 20 '21 at 0:53
  • Sorry, it's just that I thought the semantic tag was not enough as I had a question about the grammar as well. But I see that you replaced it with a more specific one, thanks! @EddieKal
    – user130355
    Feb 20 '21 at 1:04

The identifying relative clause of the example sentence is highlighted below:

It was one of a few houses that were fully built.

According to the Oxford Guide to English Grammar, Eastwood (1994) p. 361:

Sometimes we can use a participle without a relative pronoun or an auxiliary.

That man sitting next to Angela never said a word.

In your example sentence, you can use a passive participle (built) in a reduced relative clause. Note that this usage is common in informal language.

These are fine:

It was one of the few houses fully built.

It was one of the few houses built. (modifier can be removed)

  • It might be notable that the implications of each usage are slightly different.
    – Mark G B
    Jul 25 '21 at 14:20

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