Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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“He is one of those writers who have/has won the Booker prize” [duplicate]

He is one of those writers who have/has won the Booker prize. which is correct: 'has' or 'have'? And why?
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Reduced relative clause with “ing”

I have the following construction, A context variable refers to a subset of the DOM tree nodes which represent a context. I doubt if I should say A context variable refers to a subset of the ...
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Where does ';for which…' fit (note the ;)? (1575 Late April, UK)

Source: p 101, Lives and letters of the Devereux, earls of Essex, by Walter Bourchier Devereux [p 100 states that this letter was undated, but the penultimate sentence on p99 (ie the last sentence ...
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A question on relative clause

I couldn't understand this explanation even though I know what relative clause is: Omission of the relative pronoun whom is particularly common when the verb is linked to a preposition. Compare the ...
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Does 'Founded ,the club' mean 'The club,which was founded'?

"The club, which was founded 20 years ago, is more popular today than ever before." If I express the above relative clause using past participle, which one is correct? The club ,founded 20 years ago,...
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'it + be + noun phrase + relative clause' : Is this pattern always a restrictive clause?

John , who was injured , left the field. It was John who was injured , not Brown (This is a restrictive clause, because there is no comma after John) Question 1: In the second sentence: Can we use a ...
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is “which” a complement in “which she wanted to be”?

Her sister has become a lawyer, which she wanted to be. In the relative clause, "which she wanted to be", "which" serves as a complement. Is my understanding right? Thank you very much!
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Two semantic interpretaions for 'I've ever seen'

The slim thighs I’ve ever seen. (1) The slimmest thighs I’ve ever seen. (2) Grammatically, the first highlighted part might be called relative clause modifying the previous noun phrase, and the ...
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Is there a relative pronoun omitted?

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were looking at Adam now, and he knew he had to make some explanation for letting his good land run free. He said, “I guess I’m a lazy man. And my father didn’t help me ...
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Omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction

Is it weird to omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction to connect multiple adjective sentences? Let me explain what I am asking. Example 1: who 1(a). He is a hero who men don'...
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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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Is “Hardly…when” an idiom?

I know that if I start my sentence with an adverb such as hardly I must invert the subject and the verb,but do I really need to use only "when" afterwards?.For instance,is Hardly had I entered ...
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Relative clause with “which kind”

Consider this sentence: I don't know which kind of filtering they used that can't even be opened by a proxy! or I don't know which kind of filtering they used that even it can't be opened by a ...
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Question about Relative Clauses

Can you suggest me if there are any grammar mistakes in below sentence? "I would like to live where there are many people (who) speaks English."
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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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Relative clauses: connecting sentences [closed]

Can you give some help, please? According to the exercise, I have to combine the two sentences with a relative pronoun. A car didn't stop at the crossoroads. It was going fast. A car, which was going ...
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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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what is wrong with “You hope you can live in a world which could exactly match your own value”?

I got a auto-spell fix hint in Microsoft word saying that You hope you can live in a world which could exactly match your own value. should be You hope you can live in a world, which could ...
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London where he comes from or London from where he comes? [closed]

He comes from London. He goes to London. If we use London as an antecedent in a noun clause.what are the correct noun clauses given below? (a) London where he comes from. (b) London ...
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Using two “that” clauses

The following sounds correct to me but that is always the case with mistakes ;) I spend a lot of time making sure that everything is clean, that everything is as it should be. Were the two "that"...
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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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Tenses in Relative Clauses

I know the SOT (sequence of tenses) rule and how to apply it to object clauses, but I have some confusion about the appropriate tense in a relative clause. For example, in the sentences below, which ...
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Question about the use of “that's” and the portmanteau word “tigon”

I think I've found two errors in this passage (marked as bold): Ligers tend to have characteristics more like lions than tigers. A creature can be created that’s more like a tiger, though. This ...
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Only one person lives between John and Dany, who likes apple

Only one person lives between John and Dany, who likes apple. In previous sentence, who likes apple? 2) Joe lives immediately above Kyle, who lives on an odd numbered floor ? I mean I'm not able to ...
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Why “that” is used instead of “they”?

The others figure it was Rocket that took them, and they're all pissed off. Source I always say, they took my pen or they took my umbrella. but here that sounds like: non living being came to ...
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Please help me to give me sentence structure(grammar) detail

Please help me to give me sentence structure detail as following Nothing I did would ever satisfy my father.** Like "did" <-- is it emphasizing word , it like I "do" have a problem isn'...
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Looking at the kids which - or that/who?

We look at the kids which/that/who skillfully use tablets with the help of their small fingers and we understand that to surprise the younger generation will be more difficult each year. Is the ...
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In a 'what' fused relative phrase, do you pause after 'what'?

Somehow, the interior of Tithebarn House increased Robin’s unpleasant sensation of vertigo. No walls divided its vast interior. The first floor, which was reached by a steel and glass spiral staircase,...
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“Which” versus “that” when I can't put off the phrase by comma

John takes a long sling, connects its one end to the cam which is inserted into the hole close by her and connects the other end to the climbing rope. There are many cams. "The cam" refers to a ...
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relative clause and pronoun , object and complement

I learned that in relative clauses, the relative pronoun acts as a subject or an object or a complement. Red is the color which we painted the wall. Is this sentence grammatical? Paint is a verb ...
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Why use a double dash instead of “and”

I have seen this sentence in a medical text on a disease. "....The patient’s vision—or life—may depend on a timely diagnosis...." My question is why does the author just not write "...the patients ...
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The definite article in sentences with relative clauses

Is it always necessary to have the definite article in sentences with relative clauses: The waitress who served us was awesome. Thank you for your help!
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Can we omit “who is” in relative clauses? (noun + noun)

I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess (Bendis, the Thracian Artemis.); and also because I wanted to see in what manner ...
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Defining or non-defining relative

I found the below examples in Cambridge dictionary under Defining or non-defining relative subject. non-defining: His brother, who works at the supermarket, is a friend of mine. He has only ...
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nothing that I can do will help you — is everything alright with the grammar and semantics here?

Source: Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas (2008) Example: If your machine doesn't have a serial console, nothing any operating system can do will ...
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The man whose / that company is hiring employees

Can I use the first sentence in lieu of the second? 1.Let me introduce you to the man that his company is hiring employees 2.Let me introduce you to the man whose company is hiring employees ...
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Whom-clause Vs who-clause

Michael Swan refers to the whom-clause as "not generally considered correct." In his book, he mentions an example for a 'whom-clause' : This is a letter from my father, whom we hope will be out ...
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What does “which” refer to in this sentence?

“The theatrical fools of the end of the sixteenth century were only one manifestation of a long tradition of fooling, more or less continuous since at least the Middle Ages, which evolved alongside ...
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Plural in relative clause with 'which'

I recently wrote a sentence similar to the following one in a scientific context: They are more similar to real-word problems, which [make / makes] them ideal benchmark domains. I initially ...
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Comma usage before “in which”

I came through a sentence that comma precedes "in which," but I have heard that no comma precedes "which" that has a preposition before it. Application of Hennig’s winnow therefore supported a ...
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Is 'The something product' equivalent to 'The product of something'?

I was reading the news during lunch, and this sentence in a sports article about Johnny Manziel jumped out at me: The Texas A&M product completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven ...
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Why does 'than which' sound incorrect as a preposition + relative pronoun?

I cannot, but please tell me if you can, diagnose why than WHICH below still sounds incorrect and strange. Did I err in my rewrite of 3 below as two separate Independent Clauses (to diagnose my ...
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What terms do linguists use when they parse the sentence below?

I'm trying to learn grammar using Internet tutorials, and it appears to be the consensus that sentences consist of a subject, verb, and often an object. And in the simple examples provided by the ...
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And or Which? To relate two sentence

Consider the following sentences: It is a recursive function. It is initially called on the root node of the DOM tree (body element). To combine them I thought to say It is a recursive ...
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Is “Jack was wearing a hat that it was too big for him” any different from “Jack was wearing a hat that was too big for him”?

Do they mean the same, different, or is the first sentence wrong?
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Two whos in one sentence

Recently, I just have read an article about Jeremy England, a physicist who has his own lab in MIT, who has derived a mathematical formula that he believes explains the living things. I think it ...
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regarding relative adjective

1: This is the house where my father lived for thirty years. 2: This is the house that my father lived for thirty years. 3: This is the house my father lived for thirty years. Does the above three ...
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just at the time that I dated my creation

The following sentence is from Frankenstein. Does the boldfaced prepositional phrase describe the time at which the speaker was seized with the nervous fever, or the time at which he remembered the ...

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