Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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The use of “and” to join sentences [closed]

The conjunction and/but is used to join two independent sentences of the same subject/s but different tenses and voices. The latter half is often shorter than the former which is more complete. I ...
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Comma before “people, which do this and this”

In this sentence, is the second comma correct? However, most operators are moving towards P2P networks, which do not have central servers. From the hot tip on this site, I would think it is ...
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What does the “that” refer to?

You use 'of' to combine two nouns when the first noun identifies the feature of the second noun that you want to talk about. I am not sure what "I" want to talk about in the sentence. Talking about "...
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Is “The way we are learning English is not good” a clause?

Can I call the following a clause? The way we are learning English is not good. Here, what kind of clause is "The way we are learning English" I think it's a noun clause because it sits before ...
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Is the verb “describe ” intransitive?

Given the text below: Erik believes that personality development is a series of turning points, which he described in terms of the tension between desirable qualities and dangers. I am confused ...
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“After years of uncertainty and upheaval allowed ISIS militants”

After years of uncertainty and upheaval allowed ISIS militants to gain a foothold in the country, the U.S. has begun carrying out airstrikes to try and oust them. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/...
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Comma before “which” in a sentence

Why should you use a comma before which in this sentence: The fire, which occurred in 1666, destroyed a large part of central London Is an example without a comma incorrect?
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Can “in” come before “where” in this sentence?

Are these two sentences correct? Poverty abounds in where she comes from. Poverty abounds where she comes from.
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Would it be wrong to write “I'll pay the next time we'll have dinner” instead of “”I'll pay the next time we have dinner"?

I need a little help with the grammar structure being used in this sentence I'll pay the next time we have dinner. Would it be wrong if I write I'll pay the next time we'll have dinner" I ...
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Grammar: subordinate clauses

I am trying to improve my English writing skills. I want to say the following sentence to my friend on phone. Is the below sentence grammatically and logically correct? Yesterday late night rain ...
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A boy who talks disturbs others

I am really confused about the complex, compound and simple sentences. I am looking for the answer. I read about them on different pages, means I used Google to understand them but all in vain. A ...
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Do these 2 sentences have the same meaning?

The sentence below shows age restriction for swimming: The boys who are 16 years old are allowed to swim. What if I write this sentence? Does it have the same meaning? The boys who are allowed ...
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that which belongs to or is connected with her

that which belongs to or is connected with her (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s) 'Though ‘which’ can be replaced by ‘that’ in relative constructions' they say, when it is placed after ‘that’ I wonder if ...
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Does this clause follow correct grammar?

I feel that the way I used the verb in the sentence is wrong. Even though I tried to analyse this, I could not figure out the correct way. These are my efforts. The recognition of a global ...
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Is this an adjectival or adverbial phrase?

I want to know everything there is to know about you. Does ‘to know about you’ modify everything (adjectival function) or is it an adverbial phrase? Or are both possible?
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Do I need the “who” in the following sentence?

He smiled at this girl. This girl (who) he thought didn't exist in the world. I thought the last sentence sounded strange so I added a who. Or maybe it's unnecessary?
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“Which” vs “in which”

What are 'in' in these sentences for? 1. Our algebra class is a heterogeneous one in which bright students are juxtaposed with slower ones. 2. Eulogy is a speech or piece of writing in which you ...
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“It's the antithesis of everything a good historian is supposed to be”

It's the antithesis of everything a good historian is supposed to be.1 The meaning of this sentence is clear. But I have a question whether the word "what" is not missing there by chance. It's the ...
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How to use “after which” in a sentence?

Do They visited Brighton, after which they went to Northern Ireland and They visited Brighton, which they went to Northern Ireland after have the same meaning? And does it mean, visiting ...
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a way that most people think {is / it is} wrong

I was reading definition/meaning of the word "perverse" in Oxford Dictionary, came across : showing deliberate determination to behave in a way that most people think is wrong, unacceptable or ...
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Can 'why' act as a relative pronoun?

Please consider the following two main clauses. Both variables have the same range of values. Therefore, a 4:3 aspect ratio has been chosen. I would like to combine these two main clauses into one ...
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Using the word 'so' like a relative pronoun in its meaning

I came across the following sentence in a book: She could barely keep up with the gas station attendant's directions, he jabbered so. According to the book, the sentence means that the woman ...
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What is the matrix clause of this?

"I accept there's something strange about you, probably nothing a good beating wouldn't have cured –– and as for all this about your parents, well, they were weirdos, no denying it, and the world'...
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“whose foot you stepped on” — can I say “on whose foot you stepped”?

I know the following is okay: The child whose foot you stepped on is fine. Can I also say this? The child on whose foot you stepped is fine. I know that we can place prepositions ...
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'a way that no one could have predicted'

Is "that no one could have predicted" a relative clause modifying the noun "way"? Events unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted.
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relative clause or participle phrase

Today my English teacher(not a native) used the sentence below to introduce the idea of relative clause: People will buy the classics based on her recommendation but sales won't reach the kind of ...
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relative structure: with which to

Is the following use of "with which to" correct? Algae will deplete the supply of oxygen with which to sustain fish in the river. I'd appreciate your help.
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“A group of words that stand together as part of a sentence”--what does “that” refer to?

In the following sentence, do we use "stand" or "stands"? Are we referring to the phrase or to the group of words? A phrase is a group of words that stand together as part of a sentence. What is ...
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Using “in that” instead of “in which” [duplicate]

In this sentence: The diet could be prescribed for someone with any disease in which there is an abnormal retention of fluid. Is it correct to replace "in which" with "in that"? Where we could do ...
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an infection {which / in which} the lungs fill with fluid

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs ______ the lungs fill with fluid, leading to difficulty in breathing. Should the blank be completed with "which" or "in which"? And can you explain why? Note: ...
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Structure of “reason that I was confused”

What kind of structure does the sentence below have? The reason that I was confused is ... Is that I was confused an adjective clause or not? Also we can omit that and say: the reason I was ...
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“This was the first place I ever worked” - or is it “I have ever worked”? Any difference in meaning?

A. This was the first place I ever worked. B. This was the first place I have ever worked. Do you feel any difference in meaning between these? Thanks in advance
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Can I dislocate a relative clause

Suppose this sentence Otherwise, if it has an ancestor which encloses the target section, another anchor within the section which shares the same ancestor is required; Can I say it as Otherwise,...
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on which condition should i use the right word [ which,that] which leads to subordinate clause?

I find the bag which you bought yesterday on the desk. I find the bag that you bought yesterday on the desk. Which one is correct? or both are right? I want to know on which condition ...
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Gift this to the people whom / who you truly care

Gift this to the people whom you truly care. Gift this to the people who you truly care. The usage of whom and who both goes with the sentence? How do they make the sentence different?
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In comparison construction, can 'that' be recovered as in relative clause?

[i] This is the watch (that) I lost. [ii] This is the same watch as (that) I lost. It is said accusative relative words can be dropped as in [i]. CGEL saying there are omissions in adjuncts of ...
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“From which” or “for which” or […]

I have the following sentences. Object models are reconstructed in the final step. In the final step, two different approaches are basically found: method A and method B. I am not sure about ...
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Conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses

I have a question about conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses. The issue came up when a text book suggests that "and it" can replace "which/who". But my understanding is that subordinating ...
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Relative clause and prepositional phrase

He faced the same difficulty which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate. Firstly, I think the entire clause "which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate" ...
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Relative clauses and What it modifies

I saw this sentence on a book Health can be defined as “[a] state of being associated with freedom from disease and illness that also includes a positive component (wellness) that is associated ...
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grammar subject verb agreement- people like me who is happy all the time“ or ”people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are?

Do I say "people like me who is happy all the time" or "people like me who are happy all the time"? Is it is or are? Seems like it should be are as people are plural.
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Use adjective directly instead of using relative pronouns

This sentence is from an article. I don't understand why they use postpositive adjective in this case. The Progressive “Active” formulas contain higher potencies of the key nutrients responsible ...
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Present perfect + when + (past simple / present perfect)?

I have no idea what tense should I use after the "when clause" when the first part of a sentence is in present perfect. Should I use past simple (continuous) or present perfect (continuous)? I've ...
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Omission of 'when'

'Christmas is a time when there are many parties'. Why can't we omit 'when' in this sentence? It appears in a grammar book for students of English, and although 'when' can be omitted if the ...
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Clause + which/that

She is supposed to be overconfident, which will erase her anxiety. It is correct to use a complete clause as a noun, which can have a relative clause? And is the sentence correct, regardless of the ...
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“This is the city where I lived” or “This is the city I lived”?

Problem 1: a.This is the city where I lived b.This is the city I lived Which is correct, a or b? Please help me. Thanks Problem 2: "It seems to bother the teacher that all the students are ...
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The suitable reletiviser in this sentence

I wrote: It’s supposed that the immediate ancestor of any two handle nodes, one of which is the current node, is one or few levels up in the DOM-tree. But I feel there is a pause and fragment for ...
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What does “all”mean in “All we know about other people's minds we know from what they do.”?

Does "all" mean "all of us": All of us know about other people's minds we know from what they do. or "all the things that"? We know all the things that we know about other people's minds from ...
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Would+verb, simple past, or present tense to express the subjunctive in relative clauses

Is it grammatically correct to use the simple present tense of a verb and the simple past tense of to be in relative clauses to express the subjunctive mood? Examples: He would be happy with a ...
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What does it mean “about which”?

I'm reading the definition of "axis" in oxford dictionary, and I see there this definition: An imaginary straight line passing through the centre of a symmetrical solid, about which a plane ...

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