Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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A comma separating independent clauses

I want to reduce the length of this sentence by adding a comma. However, Grammarly is indicating me that I should avoid it. It is not clear to me since the comma is connecting two independent but ...
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Articles and Concepts of Specific & General in the relative clause

Which one of these options is grammatically correct? Parents try to prepare children for school where their literacy skills are further developed. Parents try to prepare children for school, where ...
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a tour taking in several pubs

The following is the definition of "pub crawl" in an Oxford dictionary. I'd like to know whether "taking in" can be paraphrased as "that takes in." a tour taking in ...
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Question about relative pronouns and clauses

My friend wants to share some sugar with me. I need a container for it. What should I say in the following situations? I'll go and look for something to put it in. I'll go and look for something that/...
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“largely transshipping goods produced elsewhere”--participle clause or shortened relative clause?

A century ago, Carribean, Chinese, and African ports were open for trade and served as flourishing entrepôts, largely transshipping goods produced elsewhere. ( From https://eml.berkeley.edu/~eichengr/...
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Which is correct: “A that involves neither X, Y nor Z” or “A that does neither involve X, Y nor Z” or both?

I wonder which is correct in the standard varities of English: "A problem that involves neither you, (nor) me, nor him" or "A problem that does neither involve you, (nor) me, nor him&...
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Should this sentence be split in two, or is my use of “all of which” grammatically correct?

Just wondering if my sentence is too long, confusing, or grammatically incorrect! I completed two primary school placements in opposite socioeconomic areas as well as volunteer in two youth clubs, all ...
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Grammar question tenses

what is the difference between this two sentences?: My sister , who's a flight attendant, is actually scared of flying. My sister who's a flight attendant is actually scared of flying.
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“something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens”

Can anyone tell me which sentence below is correct? I'm thinking of something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens. v.s I'm thinking of something that you wear on your ...
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Relative clause far away from its antecedent

I got a question about the following sentence, After the flooding, people were suffering in that area, who urgently needed clean water,medicine and shelter to survive. Is it fine for the for the ...
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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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those higher virtues of which, rendered without, one verily may sag

The following sentence is from Lincoln in the Bardo, an experimental novel published in 2017. As an imitation of 19th-century English, is it crafted properly? I did always try, in all my aspects, to ...
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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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Dilemma between “which” and “that”

Are the words in bold interchangeable in this context? A network is a set of computers that are connected to each other so that information can be shared or sent to one computer to another. It is a ...
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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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Can a conjunction intervene between between a noun phrase and a relative clause?

In my native language (Malay), it is possible to use a conjunction followed directly by a relative clause. (At least according to my intuition): Ia satu pemandangan yang luar biasa, tetapi yang ...
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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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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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Use of “To” after “where” and “which”, and use of article “the”

Which sentences below are correct? Please explain why it is correct and why it is wrong. These are the places where I want to travel. These are the places where I want to travel to. These are the ...
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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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Relative Pronoun Who/That in this sentence

I've come across this type of sentence: I'm asking the name of person was speaking to us. Could I use "That/Who" here? Like: [...] Of the person who/that was talking to us Is it stuffy or ...
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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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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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Relative clause and comma

What should your position be , relative to your friend in a row ? For example , teacher or commander told us to form a line . But I don't know where I will stand either behind my friend or in front ...
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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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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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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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Understanding a Statement

"a man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for [...]" I understood it until nothing. What does which mean? Why is it there? Can I omit?
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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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relative pronoun choice [duplicate]

Notice the italicized part of the following text: In essence, when a retailer decides to build a larger store, it bets that it can use that extra square footage and expanded inventory to attract ...
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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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preposition + relative

The lack of data available puts the researcher in a position in which he has to rely on the internet to gather materials for his thesis. I am having trouble trying to interpret this sentence, the ...
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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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