Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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just at the time that I dated my creation

The following sentence is from Frankenstein. Does the boldfaced prepositional phrase describe the time at which the speaker was seized with the nervous fever, or the time at which he remembered the ...
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In which position should “that” go?

Which of the following sentences is correct? A. An oven that clean itself is very handy. B. An oven clean itself that is very handy. If there is any wrong sentence, then explain it with some ...
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those higher virtues of which, rendered without, one verily may sag

The following sentence is from Lincoln in the Bardo. As an imitation of 19th-century English, is it crafted properly? I did always try, in all my aspects, to hew to elevation; to dispense therewith, ...
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“bought a dog that escaped”

Tom says: I saw a dog I had never seen before running about in the street on its own. Pete replies: a. Maybe one of your neighbors bought a new dog that escaped. b. One of your neighbors might have ...
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“A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches” Is this sentence a relative clause?

A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches Is this sentence a relative clause ? like 'A formidable figure (which) she was too'
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Dilemma between “which” and “that”

Are the words in bold interchangeable in this context? A network is a set of computers that are connected to each other so that information can be shared or sent to one computer to another. It is a ...
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“time + for which” or “for which + time”

The duration for which the robots remain in this trance-like state before resuming normal functions varies. For which duration the robots remain in this trance-like state before resuming normal ...
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Omitting relative pronoun

He is the man whom I met yesterday. A relative pronoun can be omitted when it doesn't refer to the subject of the clause. So we can omit the relative pronoun 'whom' from the clause. But the clause is ...
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Confused about the construction of the sentence

I have been trying to understand the actual construction of these type of sentences, but there still is a confusion to my understanding. I have seen many answers to questions regarding this type of ...
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“I saw him who was smiling”

I saw him smiling. Here the participle smiling acts as an adjective, right? I think something is omitted in the sentence. The complete sentence is: I saw him who was smiling. Is my concept ...
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When can we reduce a relative clause?

I got this information while learning about “reduced relative clause”. Is the given information correct? I know that we can reduce a relative clause even if it modifies an object of a verb. Thus we ...
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why in “Summer is the season when I'm happiest.” we have restrictive relative clause?

By definition restrictive relative clause modifies the meaning of its head word (restricts its possible referent). In the sentence "Summer is the season when I'm happiest." how "the season" restricted ...
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What is the meaning and the grammar of 'which that'

I'm a foreign student who is interested in the book known as Alice in the wonderland. There was a conversation between Alice and the red queen in which the latter replied: "...but I've heard nonsense,...
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How could you divide this sentence with 'all (bare noun-phrase adverb)' into two sentences?

If it ever was true, does the possibility even exist for it to be true today? At your age, can anyone still influence you in a bad way? Or have you been influenced all you can ever be influenced, ...
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The usage of relative pronoun “that”

I want to know what difference in usage these sentences have? 1)This hair that grows every morning until it touches the floor(original) 2)This hair grows every morning until it touches the floor ...
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Can a conjunction intervene between between a noun phrase and a relative clause?

In my native language (Malay), it is possible to use a conjunction followed directly by a relative clause. (At least according to my intuition): Ia satu pemandangan yang luar biasa, tetapi yang ...
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Who vs that differences [duplicate]

I don’t know any man that is present here. I don’t know any man who is present here. Which is correct? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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How can I correctly use this relative pronoun?

I work with families with many children who have financial problems here, who actually refers to children, not families. How can I re-write this sentence to make it refer to families?
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Usage of Who vs that

I know the man that came here. I know the man who came here. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction

Is it weird to omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction to connect multiple adjective sentences? Let me explain what I am asking. Example 1: who 1(a). He is a hero who men don'...
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neither of which

a. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who agree with me. b. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who both agree with me. c. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, which aren't really useful for ...
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Conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses

I have a question about conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses. The issue came up when a text book suggests that "and it" can replace "which/who". But my understanding is that subordinating ...
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“Sentential Relative Clause vs. Non-restrictive Relative Clause”

I am preparing for my upcoming exam in English but an example my professor made is confusing me. The examples: I ran the race in under 2 minutes, which isn’t a hard thing to do. sentential --> I ...
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HOW : relative pronoun or relative adverb?

Relative pronoun : who, whom, whose, which, that Relative adverb : when, where, why Is "how" neither a relative pronoun nor an relative adverb? Then, which category does 'how' belong to?
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“The way” vs “how”?

'The way' and 'how' are not used together. I know the way how he did it. (Incorrect). I know the way he did it. (Correct) Or, I know how he did it. (Correct) But "I know the reason why he did ...
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Difference in meaning : [duplicate]

These are a defining and a non-defining relative clause :- (A) He deleted the picture that upset me.  (B) He deleted the picture, which upset me. Could you please explain the difference ...
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fronted verb with relative pronoun: to buy which

Is the following use of "to buy which" correct? John likes several houses, to buy which over ten million dollars will be required. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the meaning of “in which”?

What is the meaning of "in" when it comes before "which" in the following example? An inverted sentence is a sentence in a normally subject-first language in which the predicate (verb) comes before ...
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Relative pronoun or Subordinating Conjunction?

We know that an adjective clause may begin with a relative pronoun : "This is the song which my mother taught me". Here, which is a relative pronoun. But can we regard which as a Subordinating ...
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What is the difference between two sentences? What is the wrong part of this sentence.From whom, that I can receive the money is very important

I wanna know the difference between two sentences bellow. From whom, that I can receive the money is very important. From whom I can receive the money is very important. And if you make ...
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Do I need a comma to set off “which causes thickening and discoloration of the nail” in a drug package leaflet?

Если вы обнаружили грибковую инфекцию ногтей (грибки растут на ногтевой пластине или под ней), которая вызывает утолщение и обесцвечивание ногтя, Вам следует обратиться к врачу, поскольку крем не ...
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What’s the difference between these two options?

It is well documented that phrasal verbs,_________, are a considerable source of frustration for many EFL learners, are a common feature of the Scandinavian language. A. Which consist of a verb and ...
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“Reduced clause - meaning ?”

Make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed. Since this sentence is using "reduce clause" and "allow for" is ...
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Is this sentence on CNN wrong with two relative pronouns:“There has been no American that has needed a ventilator that has not received one.”

I heard the following sentence on TV at a speech by a native speaker. "...There has been no American that has needed a ventilator that has not received one." As you can see, there are two relative ...
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Can an identifying clause placed at the end of the sentence?

REPORTER: The DEA is mourning Jack Weber this evening, a 20-year forensic investigator for the agency in Miami. In above sentence, an identifying clause placed at the end of the sentence. Is that ...
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“ones and others”

The ones who wake up lose their memories of the tale, while the ones who don’t remain in a coma for the rest of their lives. As I take a cursory glance at this sentence, I can notice that something ...
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How to put multiple pieces of information in one relative clause

This reminds me of the discussion that 1.I had with Jone (people) 2.at his home (place) 3.in 2018 (time) 4.about the impacts of climate change on the poor (topic) 5.(the ...
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What's the difference between what I was hoping would happen? vs. What I was hoping that would happen?

The sentence "What I was hoping that would happen?" is possible? If possible, what is the function of that? Is it one of relative pronouns or what? My understanding for "What I was hoping would ...
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“places where something is” vs. “places ∅ something is” vs. “places ∅ something is in”

I've been a few places gang wars were prevalent. I've been a few places gang wars were prevalent in. I've been a few places where gang wars were prevlant. I've seen people use place(s) both ...
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“The girl I love hates me” or “The girl who I love hates me”

The girl I love hates me Is the sentence grammatically correct? My teacher says it should be the girl who I love hates me
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one of those sheeple who has/ have

The sentence below is an example for the word sheeple offered by BBC Learning English: My brother's one of those sheeple who has to follow the latest fashions. I suppose who refers to one so it is ...
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Verb + Preposition + Clause or Verb + Clause?

My question is straightforward: Should I use a preposition between a clause for verbs that ask a preposition? Examples: I am afraid of that you are infected. I am afraid that you are ...
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Use of “To” after “where” and “which”, and use of article “the”

Which sentences below are correct? Please explain why it is correct and why it is wrong. These are the places where I want to travel. These are the places where I want to travel to. These are the ...
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Difficult to paraphrase a sentence

I am not a native speaker. I find a sentence from a passage like: The strong economic growth expected in countries which are candidates for entry to the EU will also increase transport flows, in ...
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Cohesion in tenses in Relative and Main clauses

I have a chart which illustrates the unemployment rates of five different countries in 2005, and I need to write a report about this chart. Which one of the following sentences is the correct one ? ...
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the letter that he told you to deliver

a. You didn't deliver the letter he told you. b. You didn't deliver the letter he told you to. a1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you. b1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told ...
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Relative Pronoun Who/That in this sentence

I've come across this type of sentence: I'm asking the name of person was speaking to us. Could I use "That/Who" here? Like: [...] Of the person who/that was talking to us Is it stuffy or ...
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Is there any difference between “of who we are as a people” and “of ours as a people”?

Donald Trump appealed to the very worst, most base instincts of who we are as a people. Donald Trump appealed to the very worst, most base instincts of ours as a people. The first sentence is ...
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Use of '' of which'' in sentence

I need the wheat flour of which I bought 20 kg. two days ago. I need the wheat flour 20 kg. of which I bought two days ago. Where should I use '' 20 kg.'' in the sentences above or would these ...
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Is it “you, who refuses” or “you, who refuse” or other?

I'm writing a piece in the second person and I've stumbled on a weird complexity of grammar that I can't wrap my head around. My original sentence in the first draft: "You, who refuse to even think ...

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