Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

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

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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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Question about reduced relative clauses: Can “having…” mean both “which had… ” and “which have…”?

I saw a question today asking which one is correct, and the answer is (2) (1) Literacy opened up entire realms of verifiable knowledge to ordinary men and women having been previously considered ...
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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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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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Do you know (that woman who is talking)? / (that woman talking)?

I just studied about relative clauses and I know that they should tell us which person or thing the speaker means. So when I'm in a conference and a woman is speaking can I ask my friend "Do you ...
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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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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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“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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Is the preposition “for” missing, though at the end of the relative clause?

I've come across this sentence in a document. Newly-built village houses refer to village houses for which a certificate of compliance is applied. Is a "for" missing after "applied&...
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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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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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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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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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Do Relative pronouns and Relative Adverbs have the same function in a sentence?

Consider the following sentences: This is the house that Jack built. This is the place where he was assaulted. In the above sentences, why is "that" in 1 a relative pronoun and "where&...
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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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