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

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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 ...
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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 ...