Questions tagged [relative-pronouns]

A "relative pronoun" is a pronoun referring to an earlier noun, sentence, or part of a sentence.

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Understanding a Statement

"a man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for [...]" I understood it until nothing. What does which mean? Why is it there? Can I omit?
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The relative pronoun separated from its

A colony of 5,000 “red” and 5,000 “green” E. coli is allowed to eat and reproduce. In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size at 10,000 by eating (at ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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the use of relative pronoun “which”

The sentence below is from a journal. In the first research study using the four categories it was found that the construct’s content validity and the instrument assessing it were valid. My ...
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What is the grammatical facts of “as” in the sentence?

I read this sentence in the Cambridge touchstone student's book. * The scenery is amazing, as is the peace and quiet. * I want to know what the meaning of "as" is in the sentence? In my point of ...
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Can “it” be modified by the relative pronoun, which or that?

For example, 1.Where is it that you told me to bring home? 2.Where is it, which you told me to bring home? ("It" is not a place but an object such as bag or apple) I think both are natural ...
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Is “themselves found in a bad position?” correct?

I am wondering if it possible to use a pronoun like: "Him", "Her", or "them" (I think we called them relative pronoun) in an active way in a sentence. For example: "Them found in a bad position" If ...
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I have no ideas whether it's an appositive case or relative-pronoun case

I went the distance she went. Is this sentence kind of an appositive case? Can we think of "that" as omitted in the sentence as in "I went the distance (that) she went? Here, "that" is leading a ...
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Is anything elided in the sentence?

The original sentence: In our day fish are caught in the sea and brought to us by rail and lorry; only the angler still thinks fresh-water fish important, and pollution of rivers drives him ...
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“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.”

This is the sentence which I heard on TV uttered by the British Prime Minister, Teresay May. She said : "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold." Something ...
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“Until which time”

A line in the movie Southpaw goes: Judge: And I order said child remanded into the care of the Family Services, until which time the father can demonstrate the abilities to perform duties of a ...
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Which then most sought where most might not be found, [closed]

What do the following "which" and "most" refer to? “I, measuring his affections by my own, which then most sought where most might not be found, being one too many by my weary self, pursued ...
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“There are a number of reasons {why/that}…”

Should it be: There are a number of resons why i dont like him. Or There are a numbers of reasons that i dont like him. ? Both sentences sound well but I am confused, are both correct? When ...
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omission of “which are” - in letters two inches high

His name was emblazoned across the headlines of the newspapers in letters two inches high. Is "which are" omitted between "in letters" and "two inches high"? And is "two inches high" an adjective ...
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antecedent - Most of the children, who ranged

Most of the children, who ranged in age from 4 to 8, chose to wait. Which is an antecedent in this sentence, "most of the children" or "the children"?
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“who” refers to what here?

The boy pushed his brother who was wearing a white short. "who" refers to what in the sentence above? If "his brother" was followed by a comma, would the refrence of "who" changes? Thank you
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Use of who and that when the group referred to are constituted of animals and men

I am not sure if we should use "who" or if we should use "that" when the group we refer to are not 100% human or 100% animal. This is something I never thought of, but I think it's a really good ...
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Can “in which” be used instead of “which” to express something in a more stronger way?

I have used "which" in a situation where two entities use things, but one entity used a different thing in the second time while the other entity stuck to the same thing it used in the first time. I ...
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preposition and relative pronoun - good at

If there's one thing koalas are good at, it's sleeping. Can I change this sentence to "If there's one thing at which koalas are good" or "If there's one thing that koalas are good at"?
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omitted relative pronoun - movie star we would like to be

In the following sentence, a relative pronoun is omitted. Few of us can become the professional athlete, entertainer, or movie star we would like to be. Can you tell me what relative pronoun is ...
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What are the differences between the usage of 'it' and 'they'? [closed]

I need to understand the following with respect to correct grammar not everyday usage: 1. The number to the antecedent that both pronouns can refer to (Singular/Plural) 2. Can the pronouns refer to ...
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“Such plea” “such waiver”: ungrammatical legal jargon?

I have encountered the noun phrase "such plea" in a lot of legal texts. Examples: In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. ...
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relative pronoun choice [duplicate]

Notice the italicized part of the following text: In essence, when a retailer decides to build a larger store, it bets that it can use that extra square footage and expanded inventory to attract ...
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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is a stand alone sentence, used as an exercise in learning Mandarin Chinese. It has no context. I feel that it is more natural to say "that's my brother and sister", in English. Am I wrong?
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Is “this is the man who stolen my car” grammatically correct?

I had this in my last english exam and I had a to choose between 4 answers "this is the man (who-whose-who's-which) stolen my car" "who" is the only answer which makes sense to me although I think ...
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Having a relative pronoun

A woman had bitten off part of her tongue owing to the jump the explosion gave her. Can a relative pronoun which or that be understood to be between jump and the explosion? A woman had bitten off ...
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Which is natural regarding the use of relative pronoun?

which is acceptable? Few of us can become movie stars that we would like to be Few of us can become movie stars who we would like to be Few of us can become movie stars whom we would like to be ...
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Can a relativizer be modified by PP phrase

The level of responsibility which the client carries for the whole development process with time & materials is much higher than with fixed-price or milestone projects. It can be understood that ...
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How to reference previously mentioned words without ambiguity?

There are TV programmes produced by the Ministry of Education for high school students, and (1) they \ students can attend (2) these lectures remotely without traveling to schools. Assuming you are a ...
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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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Who does the relative pronoun THAT represent?

1.Organizational structure refers to the formalized patterns of interactions that link a firm's tasks,technologies, and people. 2.Organizational structure refers to the formalized patterns of the ...
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Who does relative pronoun represent?

1. I love an intellectual player of cricket who has two brothers. 2. I love an intellectual player of cricket that requires 22 players. are the two sentences grammatically correct? I know the ...
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who is kind? vs who is a kind person? [closed]

I know that these sentences are right: Where is it? How are you? How big is it? Where are you from? But I am confused about these sentences... so I want you to tell me which one is right. If the ...
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relative and the meaning of the sentence

We watched a movie which he hates. In this sentence, the object of the verb hates is the pronoun which We watched a movie he hates. But in this sentence, the object of the verb hates is the noun ...
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the difference of having a relative pronoun

He is going to cut the part of hair (that) he dyed purple a few months ago in a barber shop. I bracketed that cause it seems like placing that is optional, if I omit the relative pronoun in this ...
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identifying relative clause and noun clause

This, it has been argued, is probably true for purely informative advertising, where only the product or store information required to make a rational decision is provided. I think between ...
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“the way in which” VS “the manner in which” including some others

I’m from Korea. It is the way we teach and study relative pronouns “who/whom/which/whose” We study this through this process. I think that it is right to use number 1 and 2. But I want to know if ...
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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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preposition + relative : which and whom

Two mortal years in which nothing had been accomplished. Why do we need the preposition in in front of which? Is two mortal years the object of the preposition in and does the preposition in act as ...
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Can this sentence’s relative pronoun be omitted?

He was shackled by the remnants of guilt (which are) indissoluble with forgiveness.
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in which (year) and in which (city)

Are "year" and "city" optional in the following? John returned to London in 2010, in which (year) he married Joanne. John returned to London, in which (city) he married Joanne. I'd ...
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Relative Pronoun Problem

This is the flyover whose inauguration was done by the transport minister. This is the flyover inauguration of which was done by the transport minister. why 2. is correct??
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What's the difference between these two sentences below?

"Your opinion is quite different from that of the authorities." "Your opinion is quite different from it of the authorities."
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I don't think your friend is who you think he is

You had this friend when little, and decades later you bumped into him. If it turns out he isn't your friend but a different person, can I tell you this? I don't think your friend is who you think ...
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there aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English

I am wondering which is the correct form for this sentence There aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English. plus, if I want to express I don't have lots time or chances ...
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Relative pronoun that and who

I was doing a composition and I had to use the relative pronoun in the following sentences. 1- The man _________ you spoke to is deaf. 2- I gave it to the man ________ I saw there. Answer of ...
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“I said that I heard the word.” Is the word “that” a relative pronoun here?

I said the word that I heard. This is indirect speech and the word ''that'' is a relative pronoun. But what about the sentence: I said that I heard the word. Is the word ''that'' a relative ...
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Relative pronoun that

I was doing a composition and I had to use the relative pronoun in the pair of sentences. This is the path. He came by this path. And its answer was This is the path by which he came. ...
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Relative pronoun whom, who

When you speak to him remember to whom you are speaking. When you speak to him remember who you are speaking to. When you speak to him remember whom you are speaking to. What is the ...
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Can “which one” be used for people?

Consider this example : "I saw one of the Jones brothers yesterday" "Yes?Which one/Whom did you see? I think "whom" is correct because I am referring to people, but which one also ...