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

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See this sentence “This is my last night working here”! What grammar structure is it? Reduced Relative Clause?

We often reduce relative clauses when the relative pronoun is the subject of relative clause. The professor who is teaching mathematics will leave the university. Reduced: The professor teaching ...
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Can I write relative clauses modifying whole sentences without “which”?

Can I write relative clauses modifying whole sentences without "which"? Is it grammatically correct? Example 1: My friends didn't come to the reunion, which infuriated me. => My friends ...
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Correct usage in relative clause

I need to find the man whose son you said (((he))) tried to find a job . Should I use “he” after “you said” ? Or it can be understood that “ the one you talked about is son of the man ?
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Use of parenthesis. Do these sentences sound alright?

I have co-authored six papers, with four I am the first author, with scientists across the world. I have co-authored with scientists across the world in six papers, four of which I am the ...
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Relative clause and comma

What should your position be , relative to your friend in a row ? For example , teacher or commander told us to form a line . But I don't know where I will stand either behind my friend or in front ...
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Should I use “which one” “of which one” “one was” or “one of which” for the following sentence

Should I use “which one” “of which one” “one was” or “one of which” for the following sentence Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote four novels ... ‘The Scarlet Letter’ became an American literary icon.
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“She was first female president to be elected in 1919.”

She was first female president to be elected in 1919. Does the meaning of this sentence same as She was first female president who was elected in 1919.
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Relative clause where v.s which

The restaurant (where/which) he has been to has been sold. The amusement park (where/which) I like to go to is the most popular in the country. Which one is correct?
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A/The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty

Are the statements below wrong? Thanks! The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty. analysis: You know I bought only one laptop visiting the UK and it's faulty. A laptop which I ...
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Use of that in “The idea that war is obsolescent may seem…”

The idea that war is obsolescent may seem preposterously utopian. As far as I understood “that” in this sentence is not relative clauses. Then what does it mean? And can I use a phrase or a word ...
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“whose foot you stepped on” — can I say “on whose foot you stepped”?

I know the following is okay: The child whose foot you stepped on is fine. Can I also say this? The child on whose foot you stepped is fine. I know that we can place prepositions ...
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What is Defining And Non Defining Relative Clauses

I am reading an article on infinitive verbs and there is a sentence and there mention this: Give him an ornament to polish here they mention that the to polish is used as an to-infinite ...
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in which vs. where

I had posted this question on another Stack Exchange site, and someone told me that this is the right place to ask this kind of question. So here it goes. I'm learning a relative adverb "where" and ...
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Do I put commas in that's phrases?

Should I put any commas here? Paint the fence that's red green. (meaning "Paint the red fence with green paint.") Move the wheelbarrow that's on the stairs below the stairs. (Could be ...
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Is this dependent or independent sentence?

"Making trial of everything, with trust in new joy, and stirring the human kindness in all eyes that looked on her." If it is an independent clause, could you please tell which is the subject and ...
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'a way that no one could have predicted'

Is "that no one could have predicted" a relative clause modifying the noun "way"? Events unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted.
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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Where is the corresponding gap in a relative clause?

But I would be interested to read what others have to say on this. Where is the corresponding gap in the relative clause located? But I would be interested to read what others have to say___ on ...
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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...
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Can a clause be parenthetical and belong to an independent clause at the same time (if you change the punctuation)?

This is hard to explain, so I'll show an example: (a) You should do your home work and, if you have more extra time, you should also prepare for exams. In this case, "if you have more extra time" ...
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From where?can be replaced with From which? [closed]

The post office from where i sent you the package is down the street. Here can i use from which or where instead of from where?
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The usage of which as object with make

I just want say like following. It will be the system. And anyone can make it work. And I'd like to joint the two sentences. It will be the system that anyone can make work. As omitting it here, ...
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Relative clauses using “in” or “with”?

I'm working for an ELT publisher that has a rule of "no relative clauses" in materials for beginners, which is reasonable. However, they will often use phrases such as: "The man in the red shoes..." ...
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What does “represent” mean in this context?

The event attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the country as well as top experts from around the world that are represented with pavilions at the fair. (https://www.tradefairdates.com/...
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That vs Whose in these particular sentences

How many people are there that the Joker is not the reason for them knowing who Joaquin Pheonix is. 1 sounds unnatural. How many people are there whose reason for them knowing who Joaquin ...
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What's “of which” in this phrase?

If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. Source: The Little Prince ...
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Meaning of “The UN rush to mandate war totally ruled out any alternatives.”

I didn't get the exact meaning of the sentence; "The UN rush to mandate war totally ruled out any alternatives.". Can I paraphrase it as; "The UN which rush to mandate war totally ...
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Relative clause and its subject

I came across this sentence on Cambridge Dictionary The central office sets the parameters that guide policy at the local level. The example comes with a translation in a different language, but I ...
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The restrictive relative clause structure containing “you think be”?

I have read this article which explains in detail what relative clauses are, but I still cannot clear up the structure of the below sentence(from here): I want to know what program, where, and ...
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Remember + relative clause + doing something

I just saw a sentence in the Cambridge Dictionary: I remember when I was a child being very impressed with how many toys she had. I as a learner would write it as: I remember being very ...
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the way how Japanese is spoken?

In English, we have the expressions "the reason why" and "the place where," but is it correct to use "how" in the following? I can show them the way how Japanese is spoken.
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“all of who” or “all of whom”?

In the following excerpt Prominent absentees from the event apart from Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner ...
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grammar structure about Clause

Could help to explain below sentence structure? "The insect repellent that prevents bug bites has its shortcomings." Because I saw "The insect repellent" to be the subject and "the prevents bug ...
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“which we call the X” vs. “which we call it the X”

Which of the following sound correct: We create a new model which we call the "X" model Vs. We create a new model which we call it the "X" model
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Is the second clause defining or non-defining clause?

When I plug the equipment into an electrical source, its green light turns on, but when I push the start button, the microwave does not work. I think there is an electrical problem , which ...
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If one had, one could? (“one” in a relative clause)

Is it possible to use one when we mean to say there's the general possibility of something happening in a conditional like this? When people say if one had enough monkeys, one could write the ...
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Can relative clauses be placed not just after the antecedent?

In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size by eating bacteria. The idea was interesting which she put forward. Can relative clauses follow its ...
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Understanding a Statement

"a man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for [...]" I understood it until nothing. What does which mean? Why is it there? Can I omit?
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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Is there any difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, and defining and non-defining clauses?

Are these the same things called differently or not? Restrictive clause: The person who taught the ceramics class is a friend of my mother’s. Non-restrictive clause: Every journalist has a ...
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I hope it will be there, when I manage to buy it

So I went to Blala market, and I saw a nice blue Ford, and I hope that it won't be already sold, when I manage to afford its price after few months from now. 1) I feel that I can't say "when I'...
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Premodification by the past participle stemming from the relative clause

The implication of the word, (which) you are searching for, is as follows... Is it possible (correct, relevant) or at least marginally acceptable to change this sentence allowing discontinuity and ...
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relative clause or participle phrase

Today my English teacher(not a native) used the sentence below to introduce the idea of relative clause: People will buy the classics based on her recommendation but sales won't reach the kind of ...
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Is this a reduced-relative clause

The books available for borrowing in this library do not interest us. Is the sentence above a reduced relative clause? Can "which were" be understood to be between books and available?
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A relative clause for this sentence with “let”

I wrote: There was another manned aircraft with it, which Iranians let it go When I tried to remove extra "it", it would be: There was another manned aircraft with it, which Iranians let go ...
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Use of Defining Clauses

There are two men by the gate who keep a watch on it. In the above sentence is there a problem? One of my friends doesn't agree with the construction. He says: 'who' should immediately be after the ...
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What is the best way to phrase this?

This is the sentence in question: "Describe an experience that you went out with your friends and had a good time." I found this in an ESL speaking practice booklet (compiled by non-native ...
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“that” instead of “stating that”

I wrote: Therefore, we reject the null hypothesis stating that these variable are independent. The null hypothesis is "The variables X and Y are independent". Using a hypothesis testing we ...
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Not using THAT in non-defining relative clauses

While I was teaching non-defining relative clauses in an intermediate book, one of my students asked why that cannot be use?! I don't remember reading any tips about it. Is there a logical explanation?...
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Why can't I use “to the point that” here?

If you're anything like me, I'm sure you've found yourself, at one point or another, feeling trapped in this endless loop of work and play, week after week. And it gets to the point where all that ...