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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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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 ...
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Why use a double dash instead of “and”

I have seen this sentence in a medical text on a disease. "....The patient’s vision—or life—may depend on a timely diagnosis...." My question is why does the author just not write "...the patients ...
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“people who puts … their mouth is” vs “people who put … their mouths are”

So you'd say you’re one of those people who puts their money where their mouth is? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/theenglishwespeak/2012/06/...
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Relative Clause with Preposition

“...to destroy the windmill, the building of which had aroused furious jealousy in him” Regarding the above quote from Animal Farm, I'm confused about the use of the preposition "of" and relative ...
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Is this sentence missing the relative pronoun “that”?

He will support whichever candidate wins. (source) This sentence strikes me as missing a relative pronoun. I thought it should read: He will support whichever candidate that wins. Per relative ...
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multiple adjective clauses and prepositional phrase used as adjective

Sentence: You should apply the cream which was prescribed by the doctor who has a better reputation to your skin. Question: I am wondering if it's okay to have multiple adjective clauses in one ...
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A system where/in which

I was wondering after using the word system which word is more appropriate to use in order to explain and give more details about it: "where" or "in which"? I can observe that both words are used but ...
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Non-defining or defining relative clauses

Sometimes I get confused with relative clauses. 1-The wedding, which only members of the family were invited to, took place on Friday. I think in this sentence the relative clause should be defining ...
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Does the ordering of relative clauses matter?

Is this sentence correct with respect to the parts in italics? Is there a better way of saying it? The only person who I know of who speaks English fairly well is my cousin. Here I have two ...
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“One of them” vs. “One of which”

Which one is grammatically correct or better? I have two assignments, One of them is done. I have two assignments, One of which is done. I watched a video tutorial that the teacher said the ...
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What does “itself” refer to in this sentence? and why?

why does itself here refer to "urban life" ?? In the Roman world, the public baths were such an important feature of urban life that in the fourth century A.D., there were 856 small baths in the city ...
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I was there singing?

Is this a relative clause when I say: I was there singing. And I was there where I was singing. are these sentences similar with each other? Thank you!
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“the moment [where/when] he has been waiting for”

Which is correct? This is the moment where He has been waiting for or This is the moment when he has been waiting for Can someone please explain
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Verb agreement and relative clause

In relative clause, does the verb agree with noun, even if the subject is relativized? In other words: which one is correct? I love the apple that is still fresh I love the apple that are ...
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Using that or which after a sentence

Is this sentence correct? "Also we have to share ideas with each other that widens our knowledge" Does this "that" refer to the whole previous statement? Shouldn't we use "this" or "it" after that to ...
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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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Seems and look + passive?

It looks cancelled It looks to be cancelled It looks like cancelled It seems cancelled It seems to be cancelled I'm not sure which one is correct or how I can build sentences like that.
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pied-piping in relative clauses [closed]

Are the following relative clauses correct? This is the house which I fixed the door of. This is the house of which I fixed the door. This is the house the door of which I fixed. This is ...
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I don't want X making Y do Z

I'd be very happy if there is someone who will help me solve these causative with relative constructs: 1) I don't want dwarves get (got?) killed by elves means that: elves make somebody kill ...
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MS Word's mistake?

This is a picture which looks nice. In this sentence, I don't see anything wrong with the grammar. BUT, MS Word always ... always wants 'which' to be changed to ', which' or 'that'. Why is that?
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This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand

That's the original sentence. This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand. What do you think the function of "to understand" is ? I think it is connected to a whole noun phrase "...
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That's the book of the God in which we believe

My question will be about "in which". Let's think that the following sentence is our original sentence. That's the book of the God which we believe in. I think there is no problem there. We can ...
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Who have MADE their way to get here and now WORK as

Let's say you are a well-versed Filipino engineer who has been employed in Great Britain, and is now an employee there. Then, a racist has questioned your credentials, and you say: We're no ...
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Is “The way we are learning English is not good” a clause?

Can I call the following a clause? The way we are learning English is not good. Here, what kind of clause is "The way we are learning English" I think it's a noun clause because it sits before ...
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some money to use for poor people [closed]

I have some money in my bank account to use for poor people. That's my sentence. The part at the end (to use for poor people) is intended to refer back to "some money". The intended meaning is: ...
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I became the most successful student with this study technique who many professors congratulated

I wrote the sentence I became the most successful student at the university with this study technique who many professors congratulated. However, I am pretty unsure about the position of the ...
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in “my brother who doesn't [live in New York]” in context

Here goes a sentence from a grammar test published on the online version of The Telegraph (UK): I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, who lives in New York, to Mark, my brother who ...
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which versus where in relative clauses

Which of these sentences is correct? 1- We often go to visit our friends in Cambridge, which is not far from London. 2- We often go to visit our friends in Cambridge, where is not far from ...