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

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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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Describing the object of the preposition phrase

A: Your cervix is ripening as we speak. B: Mention my cervix again, I will kill you! C: I don't understand why you don't like him when he talks about your cervix ripening. Can I use ...
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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 ...
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question about relative clause

Still, the filial (and often proprietary) attachment that Orwell’s work tends to evoke in his admirers points to something else: the morally urgent yet highly companionable nature of his writing, ...
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Relative clauses which qualify a whole sentence

Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter gatherers transitioned to settlements. (Scientific American) Is this a reduced relative ...
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How to tell if a clause is restrictive or non-restrictive?

I was reading these 2 posts: https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/09/07/that-who-which/ https://www.grammarly.com/blog/which-vs-that/ And it seems that their authors are using non-restrictive ...
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“Noun to verb” and “Noun that verb”?

(I've checked this link, but didn't get what I want.) The first to strike is a sandstorm as blinding and deadly as any northern blizzard. The first that strikes is a sandstorm as blinding and ...
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“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.”

This is the sentence which I heard on TV uttered by the British Prime Minister, Teresay May. She said : "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold." Something ...
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“Until which time”

A line in the movie Southpaw goes: Judge: And I order said child remanded into the care of the Family Services, until which time the father can demonstrate the abilities to perform duties of a ...
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What kind of reduction is in: “…digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret…”? [closed]

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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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 ...