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

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She seems to be in a better mood than (what) she was in before. --meaning difference

She seems to be in a better mood than she was in before. She seems to be in a better mood than what she was in before. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? They have a different ...
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When should I use the definite article before a plural noun + relative clause?

Here are examples from my posts on Lang-8: E1. Its style was older -- for example, "today" was written there as "to-day" -- but it had no typos, or at least far fewer of them. Out ...
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this where and that where

[i] Well, as we reported earlier the chief executive of the Dutch airport where the flight departed says 27 Australians were on board. (ABC news) [ii] There was where Vadinho used to sit on the wall,...
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Does “The girl feeling no pain is my sister” make sense?

This website provide this following info: Some action verbs reduce to the present participle (ing form) especially when the present tense is used. Remove the relative pronoun Change the ...
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Can “that” be dropped from: “It was __ that I __”?

In the book that I am learning, It taught me the sentence 'it is __ that __.' For example, there is I saw Mary at the station yesterday. I've heard that it can be changed to something like it ...
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“It offers evidence, (?) of the nonexistence of free will, which you didn't believe existed”

Are either of these two variants of this sentence grammatically correct? It offers evidence of the nonexistence of free will, which you didn't believe existed vs It offers evidence, of the ...
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Can I omit “being” with word “after” in a reduced relative clause?

When (being) happy, dogs wag their tails. As shown above, sometimes word "being" can be deleted. Does the word "after" work in the same way too? After offended, he sued the owner of the store. ...
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“The” before noun phrases which contain relative clauses

Consider the following sentence: After introducing some anchors by the user, the range of nodes which are affected by a single anchor or a group of anchors should be specified. Due to the "which", ...
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“A place which we can stay” or “A place which we can stay in”?

1. (a) We need a place where we can stay. (b) We need a place (that) we can stay. (no preposition at the end of clause) 2. (a) We need a house where we can stay. (b) We need a house (that) we ...
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Can I say: “I'm the man who was there”? (changing from 1st to 3rd person)

In my language we can change the referring to a pronoun from 1st to 3rd simply by putting a relative pronouns, for example: "I am the man who was there"? (I= 1st person. was=3rd person) "I am ...
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What does “in” refer to?

A symbiotic relationship is an interaction between two or more species in which one species lives in or on another species.
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“of which” is correct here?

I read 2 quotes written by Victor Hugo by change like this: Life is the flower of which love is the honey. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Which of the sentence is correct?...
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Which of these nouns should the verb agree with?

While I understand the basic grammar rules of the verb used in restrictive clauses, I came across many sentences like the example below, supposedly written by a native speaker (?). Disease A is due ...
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“to document in categories the items included in the deposit transaction” — I don't quite understand

Source: Wikipedia A deposit slip is a form supplied by a bank for a depositor to fill out to document in categories the items included in the deposit transaction. to document in - is this a ...
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“with” preposition at the beginning or at the end of a sentence

Which is correct: This is the most beautiful programming language with that I ever worked! or, This is the most beautiful programming language that I ever worked with!
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Is this an emphatic setence?

He [truck driver] held the screen door a little open. "Week–ten days," he said. "Got to make a run to Tulsa, an' I never get back soon as I think." She [waitress] said crossly, "Don't let the ...
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“One of them” vs. “One of which”

Which one is grammatically correct or better? I have two assignments, One of them is done. I have two assignments, One of which is done. I watched a video tutorial that the teacher said the ...
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Is it necessary for “which” to indicate the word before it?

1) Puche restored IGF-I circulating levels, which normally decline in serum with age, in aging rats. 2) Puche restored IGF-I circulating levels in aging rats, which normally decline in serum ...
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“Whichever ONE/ONES you choose DO/DOES not matter”

Is it grammatical to say Whichever ones you choose does not matter or do I have to say whichever ones you choose do not matter? Because "it doesn't matter whichever one you choose" is ...
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Ambiguity in reduced relative clauses

Imagine a police officer spots the boy who is mentioned in the following sentence and reports or calls another related police officer.When the first police officer said this sentence, The boy ...
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When should I use “of which”?

If I want to say two things, can I always combine them by “of which”? Is there any rule for that? For example, if I want to say 3d objects with and without jump edges produced by the ...
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Is “where” a relative pronoun or a relative adverb?

He lives in a village where there are no shops. When who, which, where, etc are used in this way, they are called relative pronouns. Michael Swan, Practical English Usage fourth edition, Section 21 ...
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What does 'where' refer to in this relative clause?

Robots are mainly used in working with automatic machines in mass production industries, where the same task must be repeated. I want to know the place 'where' refers to, in mass production ...
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we lack wings prevents VS lack of wings prevents

I got a bit disturbed when I read sentence in a book Flow by Mihaly Csikszzentmihalyi: The first fact does not entail the second any more than the fact that we lack wings prevents us from flying. ...
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“Whatever/whatsoever book you like you can take it”?

What is the difference between "whatsoever" and "whatever"? Which of them can be used in the following sentence: Whatever book you like you can take it. Whatsoever book you like ...
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Does this sentence have reduced relative clause

Does this sentence have reduced relative clause ? She says she wanted to highlight pressure on women to sleep with men in powerful posts to enhance careers Can we rewrite it in this way also? ...
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How to combine two sentences by using “who”?

I want to combine two sentences into one sentence by using "who", but I'm not sure how to do it. For example: We are not super user. We don't have root authority. Can I combine them into: ...
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How to properly combine two sentences by using a relative clause?

I am trying to make a sentence with a relative clause. For example: Some students took the exam. Most of them passed. I think above sentence should be like this. Some students who took the ...
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Rule of thumb for joining sentences

I have two sentences: data suffers from some artefacts. this step is needed to reduce effect due to artefacts. I'm struggling to choose the proper clause. In this case, would from which ...
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Comma usage before relative clause

Large machine like clocks which tell the time was invented. If I want which refer to large machine, will I need to add comma before which ?
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Questions about “from whose known good sense he fully expected to have just such” from “Persuasion” [duplicate]

I still have a question about the sentence "from whose known good sense he fully expected to have just such resolute measures advised as he meant to see finally adopted" from the novel "Persuasion" ...
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Is this an extraposed relative clause?

Sweeping changes to the way Australia delivers welfare have been flagged in a report that calls for thousands to have their disability pensions cut if they can work. (Aussie ABC) [Question 1] This ...
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Omitting prepositions with the relative pronoun “where”

I am having some doubts about the use of "transferred" without its preposition. Does "where" as a relative pronoun always do without prepositions? Shouldn't we say "transferred to"? This ...
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Relative clauses with and without “the”

It's a shame but I hadn't noticed we can use relative clauses without "the" until saw the comments of my answer to this question It suggests there is difference between: The boys who are 16 years ...
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Are these infinitives adjectival and adverbial?

① Whatever book you can bring to contribute to the library is much appreciated. ② Whatever book you can bring to contribute it to the library is much appreciated. ① Any book (to contribute to the ...
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A modifier or verb tense?

I'm a bit confused about something that looks like a modifier/adjective. "I meant to send you this draft instead of the one I sent you." Does "I sent you" modify (like an adjective) the "one", so ...
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Relative clause & “whose”

That is the guy whose car is broken. That is the guy whose car I rented. What is the function of "whose" in both of above sentences. Is it subject or object, or something else of the relative ...
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Relative clauses: where vs. which

In the sentence below, can I change which to where? We often go to visit our friends in Bristol, which is not very far away.
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Which vs of which?

Here is a sentence from the Examination: The science medicine, which progress has been rapid lately, is perhaps the most important of all sciences. As I know, which clause can still + Object, so ...
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How to make a relative clause point at the required referent?

Direct sequencing detected a heterozygous rs123456 mutation of the ABC gene in the mother of patient P20, who suffers from impaired carbohydrate metabolism. The clause "who suffers from impaired ...
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Why doesn't the clause “…and reputation its shadow” need a verb?

The clause "reputation its shadow" in "Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow" has no verb, but is still correct. Please kindly tell me the grammar point used here!
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Can inversion happen in a relative clause with a preposition?

One company developed what it called a 'technology shelf', created by a few enginerrs, on which [was placed/were placed/placed] possible techinical solutions that other teams might use in the future. ...
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Difference between “He is a hard-working man” and “He is a man who works very hard”

What is the difference between these two sentences below in terms of semantics or for that matter any other aspects? He is a hard-working man. He is a man who works very hard. Is the ...
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Does this sentence make sense? “What are you saying stinks?”

There are two men talking. One man smelled a fishy smell and grumbled about it. And the other man didn't smell it. So the second man said, "What are you saying stinks?" Is the sentence "What are you ...
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Why can “that is” be omitted in this relative clause?

In the sentence below, "That is" before adjective permanent has been dropped. There is a saying, which says, “The only thing permanent in life is change” According to this link, The relative ...
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I did X, Y, which Z vs. I did X, Y, that Z

I am familiar with the basic distinction between that vs. which. (e.g. "Gems that sparkle often elicit forgiveness." vs. "Diamonds, which are expensive, often elicit forgiveness.") Is it correct to ...
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Are future tenses used in relative clauses?

Are future tenses used in relative clauses? e.g. He is a person who(that) will listen to everybody. He'll work with his brother who(that) will explain evrything to him. Are these clauses correct?
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Can this 'how' be a fused relative?

[A] Behind the flat job figures are changes in how we live now (The Age) Can’t how in above sentence have the function of the fused [free] relative? I mean, can the how have the meaning of ‘the way ...
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Would you say “He's someone you'd rather not meet here”?

Is this sentence grammatically acceptable? He is someone you would rather not meet here. Or does it need to be something like this? He is someone who/whom you would rather not to meet here.
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HOW : relative pronoun or relative adverb?

Relative pronoun : who, whom, whose, which, that Relative adverb : when, where, why Is "how" neither a relative pronoun nor an relative adverb? Then, which category does 'how' belong to?

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