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Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

A clause used to join two sentences together, or to provide more information about something.

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What kind of reduction is in: “…digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret…”? [on hold]

When finished with digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret what they have found. What kind of reduction is in my example?
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Can you analyz a sentence structure [on hold]

But we thought our job had become that of mother and father. I want to know why had become is used instead _ to become _
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The main clause is “{somebody} do {something}”, the subordinate should starts with “which” or “that”?

In the following example, the main clause is "{somebody} do {something}". Should the subordinate clause start with "which" or "that"? She and her family bicycle to work, _________ helps them keep ...
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Is it okay to take a 'antecedent' and the 'that clause' apart without any sign?

we discovered that the pigeon's brain receives a signal from its middle ear that the brain then processes to determine both their direction and strength of the magnetic field. I can easily interpret ...
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focused on OR focusing on

It involved producing new or improved products with evolving marketing methods focused on core market targets. I think which are can be understood to be between methods and focused: ..with evolving ...
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Present continuous in past tense

Is the below sentence correct? "The sound of his footsteps echoed the walls, signalling his arrival." The part before the comma is in past tense(echoed) and the part after the comma is in present ...
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omitted object after “want” - anything you want

What object is omitted after "want" below? You can do anything you want. Since "anything" is the antecedent of the relative clause, is "anything" omitted after "want"?
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Part of the relative clause

The injury which all surgeons thought was incurable took away the victims life. What is the relative clause of this sentence? which all surgeons thought was incruable. Is was curable also part of ...
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Which nouns can relative clauses refer to?

Can the relative clause refer to either supermarket or street in the following sentences? I often go shopping at Sonam supermarket on Main Street, which carry everything I need. I often go ...
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Is this a example of zeugma or ellipsis?

Do you think this sentence is a example of zeugma(syllepsis) or ellipsis? This decline in vigor with the passing of time is called ageing. It is one of the most unpleasant discoveries which we ...
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relative clause with a preposition

The insight the experience offered about life, the world, and her place in it. Without the PP Phrase, the sentence is understandable to me . But with the PP phrase being included, it's kind of ...
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When is that not dependent

Dependent clauses include clauses that may begin with that, who, whom, whose, which, where, when, and why. (Judy Hopkins -- Sentence Variety) That can begin a complete sentence though correct? It's ...
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relative pronoun choice [duplicate]

Notice the italicized part of the following text: In essence, when a retailer decides to build a larger store, it bets that it can use that extra square footage and expanded inventory to attract ...
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Identifying a reduced relative clause

I came across this sentence today but am not sure if this is a reduced relative clause. These six categories are also consistent with those used to group the multiple-choice questions included in ...
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relative clause including prepositional phrase

You don't want to throw out all that equity you have with your current audience. I think a relative pronoun which or that is understood to be between "equity" and "you" , but was omitted to make it ...
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relative structure: with which to

Is the following use of "with which to" correct? Algae will deplete the supply of oxygen with which to sustain fish in the river. I'd appreciate your help.
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Which is natural regarding the use of relative pronoun?

which is acceptable? Few of us can become movie stars that we would like to be Few of us can become movie stars who we would like to be Few of us can become movie stars whom we would like to be ...
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the missing object of the verb

But the thing I didn't care a damn about, didn't even grasp to be happening, was the passing-away of the old life I'd know. (Coming up for air) What is the object of the verb grasp ? Is it the thing ...
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“of which” is correct here?

I read 2 quotes written by Victor Hugo by change like this: Life is the flower of which love is the honey. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Which of the sentence is correct?...
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relative clause serving as subject or object

I learned that in relative clauses , which or that can serve as a subject or object in the clause , but I found the following sentence confusing. I learned so much more from books than I ever got ...
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Using “on” with “the day (on) which…”

September 3 was the day which I was born. September 3 was the day which I was born on. September 3 was the day on which I was born. Are all of these correct? Do we have to use the ...
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The Questions which are easy to understand” vs “The easy-to-understand questions”

What do we call the following kind of adjective? I saw a text similar to the following the easy-to-understand questions are so important to make our decisions! I have two questions ...
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through + relative clause

fibre optics:the use of very thin glass or plastic threads through which light can travel to carry information. I am unsure about where through should go to in the relative clause. Which of the ...
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relative clause or object complement

Note that because every 2-element subset chosen from a set of 5 elements corresponds to a unique 3-element subset consisting of the elements not chosen. My questions concern whether consisting of the ...
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infinitive clause acting as adjective

He is the first kid to have been sent to Japan to study to become a doctor. In this sentence, does the infinitive act serve as an adjective and modify the noun kid? Can it also be understood as :(...
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Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago

Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago are idiots. Here the pronoun who refers to what? Is it children and spouses of "people who prefer music that was ...
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preposition+relative and how to understand the context

When I see preposition + clauses led by relative pronouns(complicated ones), I get confused and don't know where the preposition should go to in the clauses. For example: Exposure is the degree to ...
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the difference of having a relative pronoun

He is going to cut the part of hair (that) he dyed purple a few months ago in a barber shop. I bracketed that cause it seems like placing that is optional, if I omit the relative pronoun in this ...
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Have you ever done 'anything' that you were completely sure was of your own free will? Is this a double relative clause?

Have you ever done anything that you were completely sure was of your own free will? Might I trouble you to tell me whether my parsing is right or not? It seems to be a double relative clause. ...
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He worries more [than is necessary]. Is 'than is necessary' a relative clause?

He worries more [than is necessary]. Might I trouble you to tell me whether or not 'than is necessary' is a relative clause modifying 'more'?
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We need a place (that/where) we can stay for a few days

We need a place (that/where) we can stay for a few days. Might I trouble you to tell me whether 'that' is also possible in the question? I think 'where' alone is correct because 'stay' is an ...
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A noun must be missing in which/that or what clauses?

Can I simply conclude that a noun must be missing in which/that/who or what clauses, even though the missing noun might be an object behind an infinitive verb, gerund verb or a preposition? I wrote ...
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“As” as a relative pronoun

This weighed about 50% more than the first edition, reflecting my growing discovery that there was, so to speak, more grammar around than I had first thought. The third edition incorporated ...
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structure of the relative clause

I wonder the structure of the sentence in bold. Can I put it like: The shaman possesses the power. The power is to conjure different collective intensities of being. The being admit transcendence ...
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relative clause and pronoun , object and complement

I learned that in relative clauses, the relative pronoun acts as a subject or an object or a complement. Red is the color which we painted the wall. Is this sentence grammatical? Paint is a verb ...
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What meaning does “would” hold in the following sentence

They were the last people you would expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense. I know that would is in a relative clause here. What ...
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gerund participle and relative

A friend who accompanies/accompanying a teenager on a shopping trip may pick out the clothes that he or she decides to purchase. Does who accompanies/accompanying a teenager on a shopping trip act as ...
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Adjective clauses and PP phrases

Brands often have clearly defined images or ‘personalities’ created by product advertising, packaging, branding and other marketing strategies that focus on positioning a product a certain way or by ...
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“Since” and tenses

I have learned a rule that states: when since introduces an action in the past, we can use the past simple or present perfect after since and the present perfect in the main clause. However, some ...
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Is “condition” followed by “where” “that”, or “in that”?

The system sounds an alarm when a condition is met where/that/in that the temperature exceeds a preset value. I would like to know which of "where" "that", and "in that" is correct for the above ...
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preposition + relative

The lack of data available puts the researcher in a position in which he has to rely on the internet to gather materials for his thesis. I am having trouble trying to interpret this sentence, the ...
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Is this an adjective clause

This is a sentence from a book. I knew an executive with a large public relations company who won a major account with a redevelopment agency tasked with the project of securing federal dollars to ...
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I don't think your friend is who you think he is

You had this friend when little, and decades later you bumped into him. If it turns out he isn't your friend but a different person, can I tell you this? I don't think your friend is who you think ...
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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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Relative clause and prepositional phrase

He faced the same difficulty which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate. Firstly, I think the entire clause "which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate" ...
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Relative clauses and the meaning of the context

I saw this sentence in a book "Keep the aspidistra flying" No need to repeat the blasphemous comments which everyone who had known Gran'pa Comstock made on that last sentence. There are two ...
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Relative clauses and What it modifies

I saw this sentence on a book Health can be defined as “[a] state of being associated with freedom from disease and illness that also includes a positive component (wellness) that is associated ...
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Usage of “Want someone to do something” in relative

Should i use pronoun “him” before “ to win “secondly in relative clauses in sentence below ? “ The man who i want to win award “.
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Is “Hardly…when” an idiom?

I know that if I start my sentence with an adverb such as hardly I must invert the subject and the verb,but do I really need to use only "when" afterwards?.For instance,is Hardly had I entered ...
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Do you know (that woman who is talking)? / (that woman talking)?

I just studied about relative clauses and I know that they should tell us which person or thing the speaker means. So when I'm in a conference and a woman is speaking can I ask my friend "Do you know ...