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

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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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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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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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Where vs Which in these sentences

can anyone tell me which one is the correct sentence in these two sentences? New York City, where Jordan was born in, is in the United States of America. New York City, which Jordan was born in, is ...
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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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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Can a clause be parenthetical and belong to an independent clause at the same time (if you change the punctuation)?

This is hard to explain, so I'll show an example: (a) You should do your home work and, if you have more extra time, you should also prepare for exams. In this case, "if you have more extra time" ...
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Is this a reduced-relative clause

The books available for borrowing in this library do not interest us. Is the sentence above a reduced relative clause? Can "which were" be understood to be between books and available?
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relative clause including prepositional phrase

You don't want to throw out all that equity you have with your current audience. I think a relative pronoun which or that is understood to be between "equity" and "you" , but was omitted to make it ...
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through + relative clause

fibre optics:the use of very thin glass or plastic threads through which light can travel to carry information. I am unsure about where through should go to in the relative clause. Which of the ...
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A noun must be missing in which/that or what clauses?

Can I simply conclude that a noun must be missing in which/that/who or what clauses, even though the missing noun might be an object behind an infinitive verb, gerund verb or a preposition? I wrote ...
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“The hotel at which we stayed” & “The hotel in which we stayed”

Are both of them correct? If they are, what's the difference? The hotel at which we stayed The hotel in which we stayed
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Types of verbs in main clause and relative clause

I am a bit confused about verbs in a main clause and verbs in a relative clause. Do these verbs need to be in a same form (present tense/past tense)? Case 1 I am the student who met you yesterday. ...
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A system where/in which

I was wondering after using the word system which word is more appropriate to use in order to explain and give more details about it: "where" or "in which"? I can observe that both words are used but ...
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Does the ordering of relative clauses matter?

Is this sentence correct with respect to the parts in italics? Is there a better way of saying it? The only person who I know of who speaks English fairly well is my cousin. Here I have two ...
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which versus where in relative clauses

Which of these sentences is correct? 1- We often go to visit our friends in Cambridge, which is not far from London. 2- We often go to visit our friends in Cambridge, where is not far from ...
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Jane is back in May, by____ the new house should be finished

Jane is back in May, by____ the new house should be finished. A. which B. that C. whom D. when "when" is the answer, and I know its grammar. My question is whether or not "which" works and why. ...
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Which perfect tense to use in a defining clause with Simple Past?

When answering a question on here, I wrote a sentence similar to the following one: I left the place I've been at previously at 3AM. The intended meaning was that I have been at that place for a ...
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Is this the relative non-restrictive clause?

I don't think that this the relative non-restrictive clause, but why is there the comma before which? Hobby drones appear in all shapes and sizes, which sometimes makes the process of finding the ...
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Relative clauses vs. comma

The following sentence with a relative clause is correct: I like the girl that lives next door. Is it possible to substitute a relative clause who/that/which with the clause and a comma? For ...
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Why can “more alert and ready to learn” be placed at the end of the sentence?

I am having a difficulty parsing the following sentence extracted from a Cambridge IELTS reading passage. It has been noted by teachers that children engaging in active travel arrive at school ...
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Is the comma needed or confusing in this sentence

"The Proto-Italic language is the ancestor of the Italic languages, including notably Latin." That is supposed to mean: The Italic languages include Latin. I suppose that sentence is wrong, because ...
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Using “whose” in this sentence

Consider: Iranian have a traditional medical system whose basis is eating the right foods. Is it correct? Now what if I want to say "one of its basis"? How can I use "whose" there? What about ...
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What is the grammatical function of “become indispensable summer and winter” here?

From Walden by Thoreau: The rest pay an annual tax for this outside garment of all, become indispensable summer and winter, which would buy a village of Indian wigwams, but now helps to keep them ...
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Using “former” in a relative clause

I wrote: Telegram is almost like mixing Twitter and WhatsApp, which the former is banned in Iran. I mean just Twitter is banned. Did I use "former" correctly? Or perhaps it is from which the ...
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“Students who would go to the lab will” grammatical?

This sentence is grammatical? Students who would go to the lab will go there again tomorrow. context: Monday 4pm they should do some experiments in the lab, but 3 pm their teacher asked them to do ...
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How to dissect this sentence on its conjunction?

Here is a definition of a term, but I'm confused about the usage of the conjunction. "The term Emotional or Behavioral Disorder means a disability characterized by behavioral or emotional ...
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Reduced relative clause extraposition

I wrote: In PerTreebank each element of a compound verb is shown separately and is attached to a phrasal category named MV Could I write it as: In PerTreebank each element of a compound verb is ...
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what is the difference between who vs who,?

In this game, the player, who keeps a cool head, wins. or In this game, the player who keeps a cool head wins. when to use comma before who and when not to use comma before who?
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Alternatives for a relative clause

I wrote: 1) The action part specifies the label or the class that is assigned to the matching node (e.g. content, noise) Can I write the relative clause in the following forms? If yes, which of ...
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“alternative for this library that is open-source and free” - Is this relative clause appropriate?

I wrote this post in another website, I look for a software library. Is my usage of relative clause to describe it correct? I use Aforege.Video.FFMPEG library in a C# project to create a video from a ...
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“the distinction of …” or “the distinction that…”

The following is August 13's SAT question of the day. Part or all of the following sentence is bold typed; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the bold typed material. Select the option ...
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A question about relative clause and present participle

Consider: He hurt his arm while he was playing tennis. He hurt his arm playing tennis. He hurt his arm while playing tennis. I can justify sentences 1 and 2 (2 is reduced version of 1). But, ...
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“Which” or “That” in the sentence and the equivalent sentence with “which”

I made the following sentence: For example div[@id=”content” or contains(@class,”content”)] can be used to identify a node that the value of its id attribute is “content” or the value of its ...
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What is different of a complement and a relative

I wonder if there is a difference in meaning between the two sentences that I give The sentence number one is the one where I consider 1.(shaking) 2.(watching) to be an objective complement. And ...
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'which' usage - does it carry over in this instance?

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second "which" in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone confirm that it's needed?
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how to say something cannot be that way

This text was written by coffee1054 in this question: You might feel that it is impossible for resistance be strictly equal to zero: maybe it leads to some contradiction with Ohm's law. In the ...
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find something applies — grammatical construction

Example: To work through this book in its entirety, you should have access to a computer with Microsoft Access installed. The programs in this book were written in Microsoft Office 2007, ...
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With prepositions - relative adverb 'where' vs relative pronoun 'which'

I enlarge on 3. the shop next to (close to/before/opposite/in front of, etc.) where we live. Thanks to user StoneyB's answer, I did read about (See definition 2) pro-forms here. *These are not all ...
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Why do two sentences have different structures?

Now I study about relative clauses. But I have found something wrong. I met a woman. She can speak six languages. -> I met a woman who can speak six languages. A man phoned. He didn't give his name. -...

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