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

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"Which one is the best" vs. "which one the best is"

I am writing a paragraph like this: There are mainly three ways to check which type a given value is. In this post, I am going to cover what they are, when to use them, and, in my opinion, which one ...
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"from whom" or "from who"?

I think that 'who' is not good here because it is in front of a preposition. 'whom' seems to be grammatically ok. A paper I've been reading is written as following. Who? or Whom? which is correct here?...
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Adverb relative clause or nominal relative clause?

#1.It never snows where I live. I can't understand a structure of the sentence above. I don't now whether it is an adverb relative clause or a nominal relative clause. Whatever it is, I think it ...
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Past tense in relative clauses to describe facts and general truth

I know that we use the present simple tense for general facts and truths, but I'm struggling with more complex sentences when I want to give an "order" for facts. For example: "Adults ...
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Getting rid of non-restrictive clause in the end of a sentence

I try to understand if there a better way to structure the following sentence: Note that if min-width is greater than width or max-width, it overrides them, both. // results to 300 px width: 100px; ...
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Subject relative clause

About subject relative clauses, look at this example: Nina is an interesting woman who/that sits across from me (1). (Touchstone 3) My Q here is: by using this defining relative clause am I talking ...
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Shortening multiple relative clauses

My husband takes care of our children who are living with him, and who attend school. I want to shorten this sentence because it sounds awkward although I do not know why. Could you please give me ...
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Grammar of relative clause

I have a question to rewrite the sentence: My mother bought an interesting book last summer -> The book which my mother gave me last summer is interesting (1) -> The book which my mother gave me ...
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"follow a trend of" vs. "follow a trend which leads to be”

Is the following grammatically wrong? The global car companies follow a trend, which leads to be carbon neutral. My teacher change it to The global car companies follow a trend of carbon neutrality. ...
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When to use complement in relatives clauses?

Something I question daily is whether I should put a complement in a sentence or not when it comes to relative clauses. For example: Bullying ought not to be something that you should just "...
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Why does my teacher say I should use ‘which I bought’ instead of ‘that I bought’? [duplicate]

My new computer, that I bought last week, has already broken down. My teacher told me ‘that’ is wrong; it should be ‘which’ as it is an object. However, I don't understand why I can't use ‘that I ...
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in which/in how

Spring Flower Gifts trains every manager in its retail stores in _______ they should deal with customer service. a. which b. who c. what d. how The answer is d. I'd like to know why a. can't be ...
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Should we use "the lesson" or " a lesson" in the first example and "a passage" or "the passage" in the second one?

Example 1. This video is an excerpt from the lesson in which we are doing a deep reading on a passage adapted from John Bohannon, "“Why You Shouldn’t Trust Internet Comments.” Example 2. In this ...
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Which preposition one should use before which or whom if the verb/adjective that usually carries the preposition is unknown?

Reference: •> I washed dishes from morning to night for which unexciting work I was paid £3 an hour. More: What is your suggestion as for how to think of which preposition is more appropriate to ...
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Interpretation: relative clause after a prepositional phrase

Let's consider the following sentence: He loves these books on a shelf that his dad gave him. I' m a bit confused about the meaning the sentence conveys. To my knowledge, I think this sentence can ...
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Is it necessary to replace the determiner "this" with the article "the" when I reduce relative clauses?

I don't know why the e-book I'm using to learn blames my answer when I'm asked to reduce this sentence: Cars that are parked in this street will be towed away. My answer: Cars parked in this street ...
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Function of "as" in "Something is as what we would like it to be"

Today I've come across an English sentence that is "Something is as we would like it to be." According to English grammar and the context, I think "as" there can only be an adverb ...
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Relative clause (reference of "which")

They've asked him to mend the fuse, which he won't even try. From The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, which deems it as ungrammatical, without further explanation. I think that "which&...
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Are non-identifying clauses always preceded by names?

This information I got from Oxford Grammar by M. Swan, tells me that the difference between identifying and non-identifying clauses is just whether the topic that the speakers are talking about is ...
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"I mentioned that our office will be based here" vs "I mentioned that our office would be based here"

"I mentioned that our office will be based here" vs "I mentioned that our office would be based here" The questions is for something that has not been changed, and is just being ...
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of+ how questions

In this sentence, We need to have a better understanding of how consumers view trace contamination. We need a better understanding of how to meet her needs". Ned's photography and notes bring us ...
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Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses

I have a question about restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses. These are the original sentences: The first plants to grow are pioneer plants. Pioneer plants can survive in harsh conditions....
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Fake eyeball and eyeball which is fake

This eye is a plastic eye for disabled people to wear. Some old man wore a fake eye. Some old man wore a eye which was fake. Is it okay to switch sentence 1 with sentence 2?
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Who takes or who take

I’m kinda confused on this. Which one is correct, I have a sentence does it say: I need someone who takes my picture or is it: I need someone who take my picture ?
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"The friend of John who I hate" vs "John's friend who I hate" [duplicate]

On another language forum, I was told that sentences like, This is John's friend who I hate. This is my car which I've had for two years. etc. are wrong and we should say these instead: This is ...
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Wh-word as subject

1. The thing which you need is a good sleep. Which you need: relative clause The thing: subject A good sleep: complement 2. The boxes come from what I believe was a Javanese illuminated manuscript ...
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"it is that, which isn't this" versus "it is that, not this"

"It is a special thing, not like anything else". Is the above sentence in the form of and does mean: "It is a special thing; [it is] not like anything else. Ellipsis "It is a ...
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The handbag which was left on the bus yesterday belongs to my sister. / The handbag which belongs to my sister was left on the bus yesterday

The handbag which was left on the bus yesterday belongs to my sister. The handbag which belongs to my sister was left on the bus yesterday. Are both sentences idiomatic? I have the first one in my ...
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". . . . , by which time she'll have left."

"I won't be back until seven, by which time she'll have left." I'm a native speaker, so I have no trouble understanding meaning. But, according to the grammar rules I've learned, the ...
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word order for a relative clause - "Mr. X is her doctor she visits twice a month." / "Mr. X she visits twice a month is her doctor."

Mr. X is her doctor she visits twice a month. Mr. X she visits twice a month is her doctor. Do both sentences sound good? Is there the rule which word order to choose better? Addition: If the second ...
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The sequence of past actions for relative clauses - "I have put the note I found on the road" vs "I put the note I found on the road"

I have put the note I found on the road in my pocket. I put the note I found on the road in my pocket. Is it right the first sentence is more correct because we emphasize the right sequence of the ...
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the company that is owned by X / the company X owns

What’s the name of the company that is owned by him in the EU? What’s the name of the company he owns in the EU? If I understand correctly, both sentences are idiomatic but the first one is more ...
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Is that you stole my watch? / Is that you who stole my watch?

Is that you stole my watch? Is that you who stole my watch? Is the first sentence idiomatic? I suppose we don't need to add "who" in that example, it's redundant because "you" is ...
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Relative Clause | who, whom, whose

Is it true that "who", "whom, and "whose" can only be used for humans? If it's true, then are these sentences correct? "He bought a car which runs fast" "He was ...
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Have you passed him the books yet (that) he had asked?

If I ask "Have you passed him the books he had asked?", I don't need "that" after "the books". But does this rule work if I add "yet" after "the books"...
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Which clause a preposition belong to matters to determine whether who or whom is used?

In general, both who and whom can be used in the following sentence, although whom may be preferred in strict grammar: I knew who/whom he was talking with. I think in the following sentence, whom ...
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Is it possible to put more than two prepositions before a relative pronoun?

I think the following is OK: I was talking to whom he was looking at. Question: Can I move the 'at' in front of the 'whom'? So the sentence will be: I was talking to at whom he was looking.
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The right place for "...of which"

Where should we put the relative clause? "So how do you know which sites to use or which information to trust? Much of it is misleading." So how do you know which sites to use or which ...
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Is it correct?: "the last time when I saw her"

The followings are the sentences that are excerpted from "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy, so I'm sure they're correct: The last time I saw her, she looked great. The last time ...
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Relative clause applies to all nouns in the list or the last noun only

When a list of nouns is followed by relative clause or -ed participle, how can we decide whether the relative clause applies only to the last noun in the list or to all the nouns in the list... For ...
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that cousin of Jane

a. That cousin of Jane who is a doctor was at the party. (That cousin, not the other cousin or cousins. That specific one) b. That door of the house that faces east was damaged. (That door, not the ...
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Why does this sentence use "which" without a comma before it (instead of ", which"), and what's the difference? [closed]

I'm trying to understand this sentence. I have set the "which" in bold: If you start a container which creates a new volume, as above, and the container has files or directories in the ...
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"the biggest liar of all people I have ever known" / "the biggest liar of all the others I have ever known" / "the biggest liar I have ever known"

You are the biggest liar of all people I have ever known. You are the biggest liar of all the others I have ever known. You are the biggest liar I have ever known. Are all of the sentences natural, ...
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"You had a book published.". Does this sentence mean: 1-You got a book published. (causative) 2-You have got a book which was published

You had a book published. I get confused to figure out whether the sentence is in a causative structure(have something done) or a relative clause structure where relative pronon was omitted, because ...
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At what point should I add a comma after a relative clause

I read an article that said, the general rule of thumb Is "Defining relative clause" do not need a comma before the relative clause. An example is this: The students who work hard are more ...
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Determining relative clause

I am reading a mathematics book and I am quite confused at this highlighted sentence (it's not about the mathematical context but about the grammar): Is a verb missing in the relative clause "...
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Can we use non-relative clauses as descriptive modifiers?

In most grammar books, adjective/relative clauses are limited to specific constructs involving words such as 'that' or 'which' (as two of multiple examples): [1] The house that I grew up in There ...
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Comma after a conditional clause in the middle of a sentence

The description of some algorithm (searching in a program-transition graph for a program state with certain properties) finishes with We return “true” if we find such a state(,) and “false” otherwise....
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Use of comma in reduced adjective/relative clause

My first question is whether 1) The students who were well-organized passed the exam == 2) [reduced adjective clause] The students, being well-organized, passed the exam. If yes, my second ...
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I think a non-restrictive relative clause cannot be used when the word before the clause is indefinite - am I wrong?

Relative clauses are categorized into two types in terms of restricting meaning: restrictive clauses and non-restrictive clauses. In my view, a non-restrictive relative clause cannot be used when the ...
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