Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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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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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 ...
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Correct use of “being”

Is the use of being correct in the following sentence? "Accordingly, similar reports were found in the literature, being possible to establish a link among the three definitions"
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Rephrase consecutive relative clauses with the relative pronoun 'that'

Sometimes I tend to use multiple relative clauses (especially with the relative pronoun 'that') after the same antecedent to provide a chain of information. However, I don't know if it sounds natural ...
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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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Is this a participle phrase? Hints on what to look at to grammatically discern phrases

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats I think the words marked in bold are a participle phrase. The adverb patiently modifies the ...
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“The way” vs “how”?

'The way' and 'how' are not used together. I know the way how he did it. (Incorrect). I know the way he did it. (Correct) Or, I know how he did it. (Correct) But "I know the reason why he did ...
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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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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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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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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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Relative clause as a subject predicate

Can which-clause function as a subject predicate like this? That is which we had to overcome and penetrate. It sounds weird to me, but is it a correct use of grammar?
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the differences between the adjective clause

Please explain to me the differences between these two sentences: a) The sales girl whom we met at junction square is patient. b) The sales girl at junction square whom we met is patient.
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Omitting relative pronoun

He is the man whom I met yesterday. A relative pronoun can be omitted when it doesn't refer to the subject of the clause. So we can omit the relative pronoun 'whom' from the clause. But the clause is ...
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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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Non-defining relative clauses

Which is grammatically correct to write? They stayed at a grand hotel last fall, which was really costly. Last fall, they stayed at a grand hotel, which was really costly.
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those higher virtues of which, rendered without, one verily may sag

The following sentence is from Lincoln in the Bardo. As an imitation of 19th-century English, is it crafted properly? I did always try, in all my aspects, to hew to elevation; to dispense therewith, ...
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“A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches” Is this sentence a relative clause?

A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches Is this sentence a relative clause ? like 'A formidable figure (which) she was too'
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“time + for which” or “for which + time”

The duration for which the robots remain in this trance-like state before resuming normal functions varies. For which duration the robots remain in this trance-like state before resuming normal ...
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“I saw him who was smiling”

I saw him smiling. Here the participle smiling acts as an adjective, right? I think something is omitted in the sentence. The complete sentence is: I saw him who was smiling. Is my concept ...
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How could you divide this sentence with 'all (bare noun-phrase adverb)' into two sentences?

If it ever was true, does the possibility even exist for it to be true today? At your age, can anyone still influence you in a bad way? Or have you been influenced all you can ever be influenced, ...
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neither of which

a. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who agree with me. b. I emailed John and talked to Pete, who both agree with me. c. He bought a motorcycle and rented a truck, which aren't really useful for ...
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“Sentential Relative Clause vs. Non-restrictive Relative Clause”

I am preparing for my upcoming exam in English but an example my professor made is confusing me. The examples: I ran the race in under 2 minutes, which isn’t a hard thing to do. sentential --> I ...
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Relative pronoun or Subordinating Conjunction?

We know that an adjective clause may begin with a relative pronoun : "This is the song which my mother taught me". Here, which is a relative pronoun. But can we regard which as a Subordinating ...
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What’s the difference between these two options?

It is well documented that phrasal verbs,_________, are a considerable source of frustration for many EFL learners, are a common feature of the Scandinavian language. A. Which consist of a verb and ...
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Can an identifying clause placed at the end of the sentence?

REPORTER: The DEA is mourning Jack Weber this evening, a 20-year forensic investigator for the agency in Miami. In above sentence, an identifying clause placed at the end of the sentence. Is that ...
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What's the difference between what I was hoping would happen? vs. What I was hoping that would happen?

The sentence "What I was hoping that would happen?" is possible? If possible, what is the function of that? Is it one of relative pronouns or what? My understanding for "What I was hoping would ...
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one of those sheeple who has/ have

The sentence below is an example for the word sheeple offered by BBC Learning English: My brother's one of those sheeple who has to follow the latest fashions. I suppose who refers to one so it is ...
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Cohesion in tenses in Relative and Main clauses

I have a chart which illustrates the unemployment rates of five different countries in 2005, and I need to write a report about this chart. Which one of the following sentences is the correct one ? ...
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Is there any difference between “of who we are as a people” and “of ours as a people”?

Donald Trump appealed to the very worst, most base instincts of who we are as a people. Donald Trump appealed to the very worst, most base instincts of ours as a people. The first sentence is ...
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Is it “you, who refuses” or “you, who refuse” or other?

I'm writing a piece in the second person and I've stumbled on a weird complexity of grammar that I can't wrap my head around. My original sentence in the first draft: "You, who refuse to even think ...
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Is “I've been to the country about which we had talked last month” grammatically wrong?

I have learned that prepositions can be used in relative clauses. For example: The man to whom my mother is talking is my teacher But this sentence I've been to the country about which we had ...
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'whose' or 'from whose'?

I'm stuck with this sentence when the key indicates answer A. But i don't think answer B is wrong. The artist, ____ painting you bought, is a classmate of mine. A. whose B. from whose Can ...
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Relative clause after three times

You have to brush your teeth for your health three times which are in the morning,afternoon and evening. ''three times'' is used as an adverb in this sentence. Can use relative clause in the way ...
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“There are five other lawyers working here, but they're not here right now.”

1) "There are five other lawyers working here, but they're not here right now." 2) "There are five other lawyers who work here, but they're not here right now." Can I use "working" here or is only ...
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Correct usage in relative clause

I need to find the man whose son you said (((he))) tried to find a job . Should I use “he” after “you said” ? Or it can be understood that “ the one you talked about is son of the man ?
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Use of parenthesis. Do these sentences sound alright?

I have co-authored six papers, with four I am the first author, with scientists across the world. I have co-authored with scientists across the world in six papers, four of which I am the ...
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Should I use “which one” “of which one” “one was” or “one of which” for the following sentence

Should I use “which one” “of which one” “one was” or “one of which” for the following sentence Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote four novels ... ‘The Scarlet Letter’ became an American literary icon.
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What is Defining And Non Defining Relative Clauses

I am reading an article on infinitive verbs and there is a sentence and there mention this: Give him an ornament to polish here they mention that the to polish is used as an to-infinite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...