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

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I will let you know when I am ready - meaning?

sentences like, It teaches you what you shouldn't be doing in the real world. I will let you know when I am ready. In everyday communication, someone might say "I'll let you know when I'm ready....
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Words are chameleons, which reflect

"Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment."---Learned Hand. In the above quote, what does "which" refer back to? "Words" or "chameleons&...
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which refers to what?

There is an additional rule called V2 in main clauses, which moves the finite (inflected for subject) verb into the second position in the sentence. '' which '' refers to which of these ? usually it ...
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Relative Clause Modifying the Subject or the Object?

In a definition sentence like "React is a JavaScript library that lets you create single-page web applications," does the relative clause " that lets you create single-page web ...
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replaces "which"?

Which word replaces "which" in "one of which" in this sentence? ( clause or sentences ) Complex sentences are sentences which have more than one clause, at least one of which will ...
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representing refer to?

Source: McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy In fat people, the bladder may lie far cranially, with a long, thin soft tissue band extending to the pubis, representing the urethra. what does ''...
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"Mark Twain is a famous author. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Write this as a non-defining relative clause

"Mark Twain is a famous author. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Write this as a non-defining relative clause. I tried this problem, but I was confused about which clause had greater ...
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Difference between such and as

a. He is such a boy as everyone likes him. b. He is such a boy that everyone likes him. c. He is such a boy as liked by everyone. d. He is such a boy that is liked by everyone. Which sentence is ...
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To-infinitives modifying nouns as discussed in Huddleston's Student's Introduction

My question is concerning to-infinitives modifying nouns, in particular a paragraph in Huddleston's "A Student's Introduction to English Grammar" (2E). I will first quote the paragraph in ...
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Seek for explanation of the function of the "that" appears in the following sentence and what type clause are they leading?

The NOC has led an expedition on the RRS James Cook that found enough of the scarce element Tellurium present in the crust of a submerged volcano that, if it were all to be used in the production of ...
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In 4 years, you will meet a guy who "graduated / has graduated" from Yale university. - confused about the meaning

Example 1 Our son is going to the Yale university. In 4 years, you will meet a guy who graduated from Yale university. Example 2 Our son is going to the Yale university. In 4 years, you will meet a ...
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My friend told me that he had a really long talk with his girlfriend yesterday at her home, which traumatized him - modifying scope

Example 1 ‎"My friend told me that he had a really long talk with his girlfriend yesterday at her home, which traumatized him and drained all of his energy." Is this correct English? My ...
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relative adverb '' where ''?

In the Oxford Practice Grammar book there is a statement like this: We usually try to put relative clauses immediately after the noun phrases they describe. But we can include a preposition phrase ...
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You are my forever kind of love, a love for the soul that can never die. - which is being modified? love or soul

You are my forever kind of love, a love for the soul that can never die. what is the relative clause (that can never die) modifying? Love or Soul. I think the relative clause is modifying 'Love', but ...
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"I met the man whose car I had tinkered with" OR "I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me"

I met the man whose car I had tinkered with. I met the man whose car had been tinkered with by me. which is the correct sentence? can we use another subject for the subject of a relative clause? ->...
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form <that vs where>

Long before reading and writing became widely spread and available, oral storytelling had already been a form where/that the wisdom and knowledge of the people were passed down from elders to children....
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"Tom they appointed (as) a manager was …" and "The manager they appointed Tom (as) is …" — Is "as" optional here?

If "as" can be omitted in "verb + object + as + object complement", does "as" remain optional in creating relative clauses? my sentences: (1a) They appointed Tom a ...
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This is a TV show going to be a great hit - correct reduced form?

Example 1 ‎"This is a TV show that is going to be a great hit." Is the reduced form of the above sentence like this? Example 2 "This is a TV show going to be a great hit."
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Usage of Articles in Relative clauses

1. Tom is talking to a woman. Do you know her? 2. Do you know the woman Tom is talking to? 3. The man I was sitting next to on the plane talked all the time. In the first sentence, we used 'a woman', ...
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Clarification on the Use of Dual Verbs in Relative Clauses

I recently encountered a sentence structure that has piqued my curiosity, and I'm hoping to get some insights from the community here. The structure involves the use of two verbs in a relative ...
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Relative Clause Sentences I have a lot of work to do

I have a lot of work to do. = I have a lot of work that I must do. It is the same. I can't understand that. How?
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Placement of a relative pronoun

Please consider the following sentence: Ada Lovelace is the first computer programmer in the world who wrote the code for analytical engine. Is the placement of the relative pronoun "who" ...
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the use of 'THE' in relative clause

which is correct or mostly used when the listener doesn't know which people I mean? 1 Do you know people I work with? Do you know the people I work with? 2 I hate people who brag about how much ...
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Passive Voice and Relative Clause sentences

1.the object to validate 2.the object to be validated 3.the object which will be validated what are the differences between them? I thought all the sentences meant the same thing. What subject do I ...
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“the family of paupers whom he had just come to trouble with his presence” – which verb or preposition is connected with “whom”?

But there was no talk about the other baby, Tom Canty, lapped in his poor rags, except among the family of paupers whom he had just come to trouble with his presence. From "the Prince and the ...
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I will spend whatever of time and energy may be mine [duplicate]

I will spend whatever of time and energy may be mine. Is this sentence possible to rephrase like: I will spend whatever may be mine of time and energy. I will spend whatever time and energy may be ...
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Is this a resumptive pronoun: a father who loves his children

A father should love his children. A father who loves his children would spend more time at home. The 'his' in this case is not a resumptive pronoun, right? It was never intended to be replaced by ...
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Using gerund vs. relative pronoun in sentences: "A set S that consists of x, y, z is called.." vs "A set S consisting of x, y, z is called..."

I saw many sentences with the following pattern: A set S consisting of x, y, z is called..., which uses the gerund form of the verb "consist". Considering another sentence that I created ...
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Relative clauses (defining or non-defining)

There is a question in a test as follows: Combine these two sentences into one with a relative clause: My brother is a great doctor. He works in a famous hospital My friend insists that there is ...
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Is "of that" a relative phrase?

Success adores the prosperous attitude, of that you can be sure. I think there is a problem in this sentence: if the last half is a relative clause "which" should be used instead: Success ...
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". . . as had the estate" - a relative clause?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XVII, published 1892) Passage 264 “And what—what sort of a gentleman was this Mr. Carthew?” I gasped. “The ward-room steward ...
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I wonder if the sentence is grammatically correct? "I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal." Am I missing something?

So, I was reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and stumbled across this sentence: I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ...
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Relative clause compared with other similar constructions

I don't quite trust the man [whom you recommend] [who should be sent to work there]. I don't quite trust the man [who you recommend should be sent to work there]. I don't quite trust the man [[whom ...
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Relatives before the noun

This is a vast, exciting and some say quixotic project. (Cambridge dictionary) I can understand the meaning that only some people say it is quixotic. But the structure is somewhat rare, because in ...
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plurals with and without a definite article in a relative clause

My understanding of plurals with and without a definite article in a relative clause is given: tribes: all tribes the tribes: Some specific set of tribes But the following sentences confuse me: He ...
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articles and relative clauses [closed]

I want to test my understanding of articles with relative clauses. He's already lost a phone he bought last week. Only one phone had been bought. Listener doesn't know the phone. He's already lost ...
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"I am John(,) from the USA" — Is the comma necessary?

When restrictive phrases are used to modify the noun, the speaker implies there is more than just one of that thing. If there is only one, then a comma is needed so it is non-restrictive. But I often ...
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How does inversion work when starting a relative clause? Am I wrong?

The other day I had to read a simple story and then summarize it briefly to my teacher. At one part I said something like: The little boy was scared, so he ran where was Regina. My teacher told me ...
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Can "who will visit" in "The number of people who will visit Japan this year will reach 19 million. " be simplified into "who visit"

(1) It is estimated that the number of people who will visit Japan this year will reach 19 million. (2) It is estimated that the number of people who visit Japan this year will reach 19 million. Am ...
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Can I replace “from which” in this sentence by “where”

I have the original sentences: We climbed to the top of the tower. We had a beautiful view from there. We have been instructed to rewrite the above sentences using relative pronoun/relative adverb. ...
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Can relative pronoun omitted in this sentence? A post office is a place [where] you can buy stamps

Does this sentence need a relative pronoun (where) or not and it is a correct sentence in this form? A post office is a place you can buy stamps.
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Which or That? which one to use before "oranges"?

Sentence: Here are oranges_____have been grown in South Africa. Question: "which" or "that" or "both" would be correct to fill in the blanks of the above sentence?
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Tomorrow at 10 o'clock, there will be something that (will) come up. - with or with will? What is the difference?

Example 1 Tomorrow at 10 o'clock, there will be something that comes up. Example 2 Tomorrow at 10 o'clock, there will be something that will come up. What are the differences in meaning? I think ...
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Function of a prepositional phrase

One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. ( From New Concept English, book two) I want to know if "about cats" works in the ...
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He finally got his car repaired that had been driven by his girlfriend that John told you about

Is it clear who or what John was talking about: He finally got his car repaired that had been driven by his girlfriend that John told you about.
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the dollar bill my grandma gave me: relative clause

Consider these noun-phrases: the dollar bill my grandma gave me the woolen mittens my grandma gave me Is my grandma gave me an integrated relative clause and if so, what are its antecedents in these ...
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There are 2 rooms and "the smaller of which is red" or "the smaller of them is red"?

I came across this question from Grade 10 English test in a Vietnam High School Question 14. There were two small rooms in the beach house, _______. A. the smaller of which served as a kitchen B. the ...
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Sometimes I see people add preposition before "which", sometimes not. How should I understand the rule?

Three sentences with preposition before "which": I was surprised by the speed at which he completed the project. The rate at which trees absorb CO2 varies by species. The degree to which ...
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{WHO/WHOM} - Need some advice in this phrase

I'm being stuck in this phrase: WHO or WHOM? "The doctor ___ my grandmother liked lives in New York." In my conception, the doctor is suffering the action, so it might be the object, right? ...
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Why there is no object after "make"?

Why there is no object after "make"? As you can see, we're in the reception area, which we try to make attractive and welcoming to visitors. In this nonrestrictive attributive clause, '...
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