Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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Possessive pronoun vs “the” when followed by a restrictive relative pronoun

A: Her sister is a good friend of mine B: Which one? A: The/her sister who worked here years ago. Are both, the/possessive pronouns correct here?
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those of you who

a. You, who live here, will eventually have to leave. b. You who live here will eventually have to leave. Are both of the above acceptable? Is there any difference in their meanings? Could (b) be used ...
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described or the described [closed]

Do we need "the" before "described"? This week positive trends in the US stock market were a surprise. Let us summarize described in the sentence before as very good news. or ...
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Should I place a comma between the two dependent clauses?

Here are the two examples; please tell me if I should place a comma between the two dependent clauses that come before the main clause. I'd also like an explanation, please. Example# 1: (with a comma) ...
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Where is the subject/object of this quote?

I'm kind of confused at the moment, in this sentence, The students who/that were involved in the march were arrested. Is the students the subject? or perhaps the object? It seems that the relative ...
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The Place of the Relative Clause

Actually, I cannot find a good answer about where the relative clause is used. 1) There are a lot of people who do not like science-fiction movies in the world. 2) There are a lot of people in the ...
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relative clause with incident

I'd like to know which relative clause is used to when I want to speak about an incident. For example, I've seen this sentence "we've had countless incidents where cattle and animal stock have ...
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Defining or non defining relative clause?

In the passing away of Mr XYZ, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and... Q: Do we need the comma after "sportsperson"? With the comma, does "who&...
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Is the preposition “for” missing, though at the end of the relative clause?

I've come across this sentence in a document. Newly-built village houses refer to village houses for which a certificate of compliance is applied. Is a "for" missing after "applied&...
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Reduced Relative Clauses which modify an object of the verb

a- I gave a book, which was written by Hemingway, to Mary last week. b- I gave a book, written by Hemingway, to Mary last week. As far as I know I can reduce the sentence a to b. But here the website ...
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repetition of subject in relative clause

"The time that gets wasted in conversing, that time will also be saved." is a right sentence? Or it should be: The time that gets wasted in conversing, will also be saved."
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When to use Relative pronoun

In the sentence below, the relative pronoun "which" is used after "many of". What about using "them" instead of "which"? Would it be grammatical and would there ...
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Is there any difference between these two sentences?

Is there any difference between these two sentences? The room that is provided with polished chairs... The room provided with polished chairs...
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Can a head noun be in a subordinate clause or an adverbial phrase of a relative clause?

It is kind of uncommon for me to see a head noun belong to a subordinate clause or phrase of a relative clause. I don't know if the usage is wrong or correct. So, are the examples below grammatically ...
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whom vs who relative clauses

Does it have the same meaning to say: you are the woman who I love You are the woman whom I love I know the 2 is more appropriate but I would like to know if the first is also valid
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Modifying a subject, or an object

Generally, patterns are produced in weft knitted structures either in the form of selected colours for face stitches or surface relief patterns based on a choice of different types of stitch. This ...
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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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What is sentential relative clauses? “which the prime minister asserted was as much as 70 percent more transmissible than previous versions”

The decision, which Mr.Johnson announced after an emergency meeting of his cabinet,came after the government got new evidence of a variant first detected several weeks ago in Southeast England, which ...
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Can I omit an object after 'those who + verb?'

Those who speak English respect those who don't speak English. Those who speak English respect those who don't speak. Those who speak English respect those who don't. I believe the first and third ...
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relative pronoun referring only to the first of two verb phrases

In the following sentence, the relative clause consists of two verb phrases, but the relative pronoun "which" is only related to the first. Do you think it's correct in contemporary English? ...
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“that-clause” as relative clause vs as pronoun clause

I am confused by the difference between: It is contention about the consequence of an economic arrangement that is incompatible with the needs of any place. and It is contention about the ...
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“Some day/time” if “some” modifies and specifies a more particular day/time

The adverbs someday and sometime express future time indefinitely: Let's meet sometime when your schedule permits. The two-word forms are always used when some is an adjective modifying and specifying ...
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People aren’t inanimate features of a building

For example, if you were afraid of standing on balconies, you would start on some lower floors and slowly work your way up(literally) to higher ones. Facing your fears isn’t as easy or tidy when it ...
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We are such stuff (as) dreams are made on

We are such stuff (as) dreams are made on Is as optional here? CONTEXT We are such stuff as dreams are made on (Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, scene 1, modernized spelling). In sentences of this ...
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What does it modify? The noun “heat” or the whole phrase “the value of heat”?

I'd like to learn what the part "for the preservation of food" modifies in the following sentence, the noun "heat" or the whole phrase "the value of heat" . The value of ...
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Is “that” a conjunction or relative pronoun in the following sentence? [closed]

It comes as no surprise that Taiwan has the highest density of convenience stores in the world. Is "that" a conjunction or relative pronoun in this sentence?
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“That's your only friend that I've ever met.” Why is this an impossible sentence?

I read the following note in The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language. Grammarians have sometimes condemned categorically the so-called double genitive construction, as in a friend of my ...
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A comma after a modified noun followed by a non-restrictive relative clause

As far as l know, it is usual to use a comma after a modified noun followed by a non-restrictive relative clause as follows: The new AIDS treatment, which proved to be highly effective, is ...
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what is the purpose of reducing an adjective clause

If we come across an adjective phrase reduced from an adjective clause, how could we know in what tense the participle, so-called a non-finite verb, takes place? for instance: Yesterday I met a man ...
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Present perfect + when + (past simple / present perfect)?

I have no idea what tense should I use after the "when clause" when the first part of a sentence is in present perfect. Should I use past simple (continuous) or present perfect (continuous)? I've ...
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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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Why does “a comma” exist between “to+infinitive clause” and “a relative clause” in this sentence?

In the link https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript, it is written We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ...
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Struggle determining which relative clause has extra information

Preliminary Based on my book, there are two types of relative clauses: "The relative clauses that tell you which person or thing (or what kind of person or thing) the speaker means" and &...
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Relative clause and ending the sentence with preposition

I took one problem from my book: A friend is going to the cinema. You want to know the name of the film. You say: Key answer: What's the name of the film you're going to see? Can I say something ...
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Why did “whether or not” in second clause instead of first clause?

In Tenet (2020), Priya and Protagonist are talking about wounded Katherine: Protagonist: Assuming she makes it out alive, whether or not you feel she knows too much. Priya: I can't. Protagonist: If ...
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an attributive clause or adverbial clause?

They give me more time to spend as they see fit. Here, is “as they see fit” a attributive clause or a adverbial clause?
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Do we use preposition + whom and not preposition + who?

According to the Cambridge Dicitonary, in some formal styles, we place the preposition before whom. Mr. Lee, to whom I spoke at the meeting, is very interested in our proposal My question is, can we ...
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Can I use a relative clause and a reduced relative clause for the same noun?

I don't like the computer gifted to me by my father that doesn't have enough RAM. OR I don't like the computer that doesn't have enough RAM gifted to me by my father. Can I use these sentences?
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use a relative pronoun inside of another one

I would like to know whether one can use a relative pronoun inside of another one. For instance, I should finish my homework before 5 pm when I would like to watch a movie, which is a Nolan's movie.
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Using Which Not Where

I have read the related questions answered here but still don't know how I can convince a learner not to use where in the second gap. They simply believe whenever a word refers to a place (no matter ...
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What happened to the missing object or objects in “for us to define as we see fit”?

Reading through this paragraph, I wonder why the object to see is missing from as we see fit, even though the interpretation remains natural and smooth without it: In 1783, Goethe wrote, “Nature 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 grammatical to say “what happened that…”? [closed]

I have been using this construction "what happened that...", that clause being a relative clause, for so long. Now come to think of it, it doesn't sound grammatical. I mean, that clause is a ...
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What does the ‘that which’ mean here?

This is a paragraph from the English version of ‘Ich und Du’ by Martin Buber published by Bloomsbury on page 19. Can anyone tell me what do the ‘that’ and ‘it’ in ‘with that which meets it’ refer to?
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Is it possible to combine two sentences structured like this: if A then B. if no A then no B

The following two sentences seem redundant. How do I combine them into a single sentence? Shortcomings are actually valuable opportunities that enable you to explore your potentials. Without ...
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Relative clauses with two verbs

Which one is correct? A. Those viewers who do not understand this language well and they want to learn the lesson should see the subtitles. B. Those viewers who do not understand this language well ...
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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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Should I use a comma before a reduced and defining relative clause in this sentence?

A simple linear relationship between force and displacement known as Hooke's Law was discovered in the 1600s. I wrote this sentence and intended to use a reduced and defining relative clause, "...
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Relative clauses: extra information clauses

Hello. I can't understand how some of the relative clauses work in English. I see no difference between the two given examples: Barbara works for a company... Colin told me about his new job... a ...
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I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden by some countries and that

I'm curious about the grammatical accuracy of the sentence below I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden intentionally by some countries, about our future, and that we have to learn as ...

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