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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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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 ...
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grammar subject verb agreement- people like me who is happy all the time“ or ”people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are?

Do I say "people like me who is happy all the time" or "people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are? Seems like it should be are as people are plural.
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“The hotel at which we stayed” & “The hotel in which we stayed”

Are both of them correct? If they are, what's the difference? The hotel at which we stayed The hotel in which we stayed
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what is the meaning of this sentence “In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed”

In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed. I am not sure about the meaning of the above sentence because I'm confused about this part: "for ...
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How to avoid ambiguity of the antecedent of a relative clause?

I wrote this technical text, which I found ambiguous: What's a child expression? It's a call expression inside a function, which represents a parent call expression. For the purposes of ...
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Is this sentence missing a relative pronoun?

At later lessons we would be given a printed slip of paper entitled “Search the Scriptures,“ which was sent to the school by whatever national authority supervised the teaching of religion. (source) ...
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noun clause or adjective clause? There is some ambiguity

Please consider the following sentence: John does not know why Meera left town. I guess it is a noun clause because the clause why Meera left town can act as a noun that is the direct object of ...
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Use of “and hence” for short conclusions

I wrote: Hydrochloric ions can influence the mutual solubility of IL and water and hence affect the extraction mechanism. For several conclusions, I may use this construction. I would like to know ...
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Why is “that” used here as the relative pronoun instead of “when”?

This sentence from an article strikes me as somewhat unusual. Since the modified antecedent is a point in time, why is "that" the relative pronoun instead of "when"? I met Jonathan Annicks shortly ...
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Omissions of relative pronouns

We can omit relative pronoun when: The relative clause is non-defining clause, and the pronoun is the subject of the relative clause with a "be" verb (NOT verb to be). My mother, who is an ...
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Use adjective directly instead of using relative pronouns

This sentence is from an article. I don't understand why they use postpositive adjective in this case. The Progressive “Active” formulas contain higher potencies of the key nutrients responsible ...
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Which position for “about” is grammatically correct?

Which one is grammatically correct or better to use? About before pronoun: I haven’t listened to the album about which you were talking. About after verb: I haven’t listened to the album which ...
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Can I remove relative pronoun and keep the punctuation?

Is it ok to remove "whom" in the following sentence? He finally met Paul, whom he had always admired. I personally believe that if I remove both comma and pronoun it would be correct: He ...
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Is it grammatically correct to repeat object in a relative clause?

Suppose we have the following relative clause: Have you seen those people whom we met on holiday? Is it correct to add a pronoun and change it in the following way? Have you seen those people ...
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Types of verbs in main clause and relative clause

I am a bit confused about verbs in a main clause and verbs in a relative clause. Do these verbs need to be in a same form (present tense/past tense)? Case 1 I am the student who met you yesterday. ...
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she really grew THAT nail THAT long

If you give comments on this and say: "Oh man! She really grew THAT nail THAT long?!" In uncommon situations, does it sound weird if you use ''THAT'' twice in a sentence?
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Can I place a restrictive relative clause before a noun that it modifies?

Can I place a restrictive relative clause before a noun that it modifies? For example, can I re-write the following sentence This is an adverb that is usually emphasized by being placed at the ...