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

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Comma needed in the sentence "I sold the ring that I bought for 25$ from one of my friends a few years ago for 5$ "?

My original sentence is I sold the ring that I bought for 25$ from one of my friends a few years ago for 5$. I mean that I sold, for 5$, the ring that I bought for 25$ from one of my friends a few ...
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The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane

My original sentence is The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane. In this sentence, I intended to use "defining relative clause" with "...
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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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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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Can I use the combination "to-infinitive and relative clause" for the same noun in a row?

Can I use "to-infinitive and relative clause" in a row for the same noun? I have an example about it. The main sentence: The idea to make children happy that I always cared about, is ...
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Where vs Which in these sentences

can anyone tell me which one is the correct sentence in these two sentences? New York City, where Jordan was born in, is in the United States of America. New York City, which Jordan was born in, is ...
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Can I use a non-defining and defining clause for the same noun?

I'm curious if I can use a non-defining and defining clause/phrase in a row for the same noun in a sentence. For instance, I sold the ring, an expensive one, that I bought a few years ago. (I intend ...
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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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How to use relative clauses in a row? [closed]

I would like to learn how to use two or more relative clauses in a row. I'll give a few examples 1- The car that I really like that my father gifted me is so expensive. (The car that I really like and ...
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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Grammatical Question About a Sentence

Dear respected friends, I've read a quote confusing my mind. Here is the passage: Writer David Foster Wallace said that he thought good nonfiction was a chance to “watch somebody reasonably bright ...
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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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a quality that must have vs a quality every person must have

Are both sentences correct? I suppose that the first one is better (more common form). Is it true? Politeness is a quality that must have. Politeness is a quality every person must have.
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I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics

Which word fits this sentence better? I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics. Cambridge Dictionary suggests that '...
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Relative clause and omission in news article

I have two questions regarding relative clauses (which I believe they are). Question 1: From an article in The Guardian The Chinese government has taken the rare step of formally confirming to the UN ...
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How to understand "for whom" structure in a sentence?

From a TED talk, starting at 2:11: In the first, we have animals that display stereotyped, predictable behaviors towards their dead, and for whom much of what we understand about them comes from ...
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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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Why can "where" be used after a non-location word in "a new job where he can get more free time”?

In a multiple-choice question: It's said that he's looking for a new job, one____ he can get more free time. I think the best answer would be "from which," which is not an option. The ...
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"A student who is researching" vs "a student researching" [duplicate]

Can I shorten the sentence like this? 1- This is Peter, a student who is researching nuclear physics at a university . 2- This is Peter, a student researching nuclear physics at a university.
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Verb of principal clause followed by relative caluse

The boy who ate fruit came. The boy came who ate fruit. Here both sentences have relative clause "who ate fruit" and a principal clause "the boy came". Here is my question: Both ...
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Is "which have black covers" a non-defining or defining relative clause?

My new books, which have black covers, are on the table. I read that this was a non-defining relative clause but I think it is a defining clause because if there are many books on the table how do I ...
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ing-clause grammar question

Anyone know why providing was used here? Is using which provides here correct? We have a weekly Western Canada newsletter written by our B.C. and Alberta bureau chiefs, providing a comprehensive ...
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"Outside there is a money receiver which only accepts coins" - or "that only accepts coins"? Which relative pronoun is better?

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Outside there is a money receiver which only accepts coins ...
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A sentence within a sentence

Rep. Lauren Boebert has mocked philanthropist Bill Gates' wish to move toward a future in which people eat only synthetic meat—by sharing an image of a steak that a New York butcher claims was lifted ...
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These were the problems I remember having at home

These were the problems I remember having at home Hi, this sentence is right? My reasoning is as follows. These were the problems. + I remember having the problems at home. So, two sentences are ...
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Is this a correct analysis of an adverbial prepositional phrase?

I am trying to analyse what I judge a compound sentence with an adverbial phrase (in italics) placed at the beginning: In what turned out to be a common experience for many people who tried to create ...
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Are the parts in bold examples of relative clauses?

I have these two sentences as examples: They seem a little concerned about the direction [that] we're taking. If I'm not mistaken, about the direction we're taking is an adverb prepositional phrase ...
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relative clause problems

Instead of using words like shallow or superficial to describe a thought or an idea, we tend to like to phrase it in a way that sounds less offensive but still delivers the message. Above is a ...
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Using a relative clause

Is the following right construction? The one who treats you unfairly, tolerate him. I think this is not accurate. The reason is, as I believe, that the first subject 'the one' has no verb in the ...
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What does this "which" refer to in this sentence?

The following sentence is from Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli. What does this 'which' refer to in this sentence? And what does this sentence mean? I thought this 'which' might refers to punishment,...
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"He gets angry when (he is) trying to explain the issue." Why is it okay to remove the "he is" part?

I saw this structure in a few texts, and it made me wonder what is the grammar role of when in this sentence and why the subject and verb (he is) are absent. It doesn't fit any grammar structure that ...
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Understanding how to construct an Infinitival Relative Clause

The best place from which to set out is Aberdin (Pullum) - correct There is one wood in the entire town in which to find wood peckers - wrong Jellyfish tentacles are barbed venomous stingers not to ...
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Conditionals and relative clauses

Some questions about the second conditional and relative clauses. (My friend is eating a popsicle.) (1) Me: If I had money on me, I would buy a popsicle you are eating right now. (revised) Me: If I ...
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Is "The earrings of which I lost at the theatre yesterday were not my favourite ones" sound?

Neither of the options below seems suitable for the sentence. The earrings _______ I lost at the theatre yesterday were not my favourite ones. a) which isb) wherec) —d) of which (Yes, C is supposed ...
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Why can’t we drop “The reason” and just say “Why she is still single is because...”?

I know a relative adverb "why" can be followed by a clause and make the clause a noun phrase. It can play a role as an object or a subject in another sentence. For example) I know the ...
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Can you use "that" in a non-defining relative clause?

Two examples: Setting off fireworks is a long tradition that has existed for centuries. These days, we buy more and more things that we don't need. According to the (simplified) rules, we can check ...
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Relative clause or any omission here? "the sort of person Maddy is."

But there is more detail nevertheless, perhaps a stronger connotation of the sort of person Maddy is. I think in the last part "the sort of person Maddy is", there is omission of "that&...
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What does "that" indicate here? "data" or "range"

A less obvious drawback is the limited range of data that the experiment can generate. I wonder what does "that" indicate here? range data I think "that" is an objective case of ...
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Which relative clause is correct?

Which one is the right format? Who is the man who is Jane talking to? Who is the man who Jane is talking to?
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Which relative clause is not reduced?

I have read in one page: If a subject relative clause does not include BE, you can't simply reduce it. So, a sentence like this "I know a woman who works there." cannot be reduced. What ...
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I wonder if "that needs to be addressed" is modifying "a potential distraction" or "offices"

In a recent employers’ survey a wide variety of computer functions have/has been identified as a potential distraction in offices that needs to be addressed. I'm confused here whether the modifier &...
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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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Reduced relative clauses when a non-progressive verb is used (such as "have")

In subjective relative clauses, we can left out the relative pronoun and end its verb using "ing". For example: I can’t find my notebook that contains all my addresses. I can’t find my ...
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This is not how you drink it

Regarding relative adverbial "How", "how" can replace "conjunction" and "adverbial phrase" in original sentences. So my thought is as follows. This is not how ...
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Unusual sturucture: What does it mean "which to"?

I have a question that confuses my mind. I've come across this text: "You have eight hours in which to complete this exam." The point which I didn't understand is the meaning of "...
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For the people who their cups are full

For the people who their cups are full, it's so much easier to give without getting anything in return. What I want to say is that, for those people who have cups that are full, it's easier to help ...
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Is this relative clause correct? " There are three people like eating bread."

Is this sentence correct? I bet we need "who" in the middle. There are three people like eating bread.
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This toy is what I know it is. / This toy the thing which I know it is

I want to know the following sentences are possible. [Context] My mother is going to give a present for me. And I know what it is. It is a toy. In that case, can I say something as below? This toy is ...
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the man regarding whom

The man regarding whom we didn't know how many times he had been divorced left the room. Is the above sentence grammatical? We didn't know how many times one of the men present had been divorced. ...
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we did not know how many/defining clause

a. The novelist the number of whose published novels we did not know started speaking. b. The novelist the number of novels published by whom we did not know started speaking. c. The novelist the ...
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