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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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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is the direct translation of a sentence in Mandarin. 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 ...
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What does “it is” refer to in “… close to the time IT IS when you say it”?

https://www.quora.com/Which-is-grammatically-correct-to-say-around-this-time-or-this-time-around/answer/Rebecca-Logue-3 They mean two totally different things so whether they are grammatically ...
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Is this sentence missing a relative pronoun?

At later lessons we would be given a printed slip of paper entitled “Search the Scriptures,“ which was sent to the school by whatever national authority supervised the teaching of religion. (source) ...
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Few were cited more often than?

What does this mean, "few...more often than"? YEARS LATER, PHYSICISTS would give wistful looks when they talked about Lorenz's paper on those equations- that beautiful marvel of a paper. "By ...
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Why is “that” used here as the relative pronoun instead of “when”?

This sentence from an article strikes me as somewhat unusual. Since the modified antecedent is a point in time, why is "that" the relative pronoun instead of "when"? I met Jonathan Annicks shortly ...
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which MAKE or which MAKES

Regarding the usage of the relative pronoun "which", after it, do you use singular verb or plural? ”Historic buildings enliven the memories of how people lived in the past, which make each country ...
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Omissions of relative pronouns

We can omit relative pronoun when: The relative clause is non-defining clause, and the pronoun is the subject of the relative clause with a "be" verb (NOT verb to be). My mother, who is an ...
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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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Which position for “about” is grammatically correct?

Which one is grammatically correct or better to use? About before pronoun: I haven’t listened to the album about which you were talking. About after verb: I haven’t listened to the album which ...
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Can I remove relative pronoun and keep the punctuation?

Is it ok to remove "whom" in the following sentence? He finally met Paul, whom he had always admired. I personally believe that if I remove both comma and pronoun it would be correct: He ...
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Is it grammatically correct to repeat object in a relative clause?

Suppose we have the following relative clause: Have you seen those people whom we met on holiday? Is it correct to add a pronoun and change it in the following way? Have you seen those people ...
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Is “it is you that is wrong” correct?

I know that between ”it is you who are wrong” and ”it is you who is wrong”, the former is the correct version. However, if I change who to that, is the same still true? It is you that are wrong. ...
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Is this sentence missing the relative pronoun “that”?

He will support whichever candidate wins. (source) This sentence strikes me as missing a relative pronoun. I thought it should read: He will support whichever candidate that wins. Per relative ...
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the difference between the two in the 'non-restrictive' clause?

what in the first sentence is a relative pronoun in a 'non-restrictive' clause. My gut feeling is which could take the place of what in the sentence. I am not quite sure of my knowledge of the ...
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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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What does 'that' refer to in the passage?

What does that refer to in the passage? I think it refers to 'movement' but someone else argues it 'physiology,' which I think makes little sense. Which is right? Let’s go back to our ancestors, ...
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“One of them” vs. “One of which”

Which one is grammatically correct or better? I have two assignments, One of them is done. I have two assignments, One of which is done. I watched a video tutorial that the teacher said the ...
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relative pronoun following a name

Recently, I asked whether the restrictive relative pronoun that or the non-restrictive relative pronoun which (plus a comma) should be used following a name: Casa Loma consists of three main ...
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restrictive or non-restrictive relative pronoun?

I am wondering whether the restrictive relative pronoun that or the non-restrictive relative pronoun which (plus a comma) should be used to modify the Hunting Lodge in the following: Casa Loma ...
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Who does 'who' refer to?

Tom plays basketball daily unlike Sam, who is a very busy man Is the above sentence correct? So 'who' always relates to 'Sam' or the nearest noun (& not Tom)?
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What does “itself” refer to in this sentence? and why?

why does itself here refer to "urban life" ?? In the Roman world, the public baths were such an important feature of urban life that in the fourth century A.D., there were 856 small baths in the city ...
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Using that or which after a sentence

Is this sentence correct? "Also we have to share ideas with each other that widens our knowledge" Does this "that" refer to the whole previous statement? Shouldn't we use "this" or "it" after that to ...
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pied-piping in relative clauses [closed]

Are the following relative clauses correct? This is the house which I fixed the door of. This is the house of which I fixed the door. This is the house the door of which I fixed. This is ...
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I don't want X making Y do Z

I'd be very happy if there is someone who will help me solve these causative with relative constructs: 1) I don't want dwarves get (got?) killed by elves means that: elves make somebody kill ...