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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The reference of “which” in “I will not feel sleepy and inactive, which is the exact situation when I’m studying alone.”

When writing the following sentence: Which I’m working in a group, I will not feel sleepy and inactive, which is the exact situation when I’m studying alone. I want to express that "feeling ...
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What does “whose” refer to in the sentence? Is it miswritten?

Below is a line from a JAPANTODAY news article. The mini-series comprising six one-hour episodes will be based on a screenplay supervised by Mark Goffman, whose was a writer for "The West Wing&...
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“Do you know who/whom she looks like?”

Do you know who she looks like? or Do you know whom she looks like? I have no idea I have tried every way I can think of.
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the woman whom I couldn't remember the name (of)?

I'm learning about relative pronouns, and I saw a sentence in my workbook as below: He was talking with the woman the name of whom I couldn't remember. I guess this sentence could be rewritten as ...
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Can compound relative pronoun be omitted?

The sentence "we can do to keep them down is great", which I used the grammar webpage to check. The grammar webpage is showing it is correct. But I think the more correct sentence would be &...
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Concerning a preposition relative pronoun

use of an unspecified value, or other behavior where this International Standard provides two or more possibilities and imposes no further requirements on which is chosen in any instance This ...
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“Prefer X ones over Y ones” vs. “Prefer X over Y ones”

Inside functions, prefer superlocal variables over local ones and local ones over global ones; outside functions, prefer global ones over superglobal ones. Inside functions, prefer superlocal ...
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Omitting relative pronoun in a conditional clause

Though it's generally discouraged, this approach is acceptable in some rare cases. Though generally discouraged, this approach is acceptable in some rare cases. "it" in the first sentence ...
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What should I use, 'them' or 'those'?

What and why should I use to mean websites or organizations, 'them' or 'those'? Should I use those in every case, except if I'm indicating a group of persons? Example Sentence: There are many ...
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'who' or 'whom'?

I'm learning relative pronoun and I'm using Cliffs Toefl as a reference book. As this book says, relative pronoun who should be followed by a verb and whom should be followed by a noun. According to ...
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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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Can a relative pronoun give information about words in a prepositional phrase?

He was the most prominent of the French artists who welcomed photography as help-mate but recognized its limitations Does who (relative clause) give information about 'him' or 'French artists' ? ...
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Is my analysis correct in “This is a private beach, where its members play balls and take a sunbath when the weather is good.”

Before entering my question, I have to say that I have already asked a similar question today. However it contains some grammar errors so that it is not very good for a discussion about how to break ...
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Is my understanding of the relative adverb “where” correct?

My question: I am afraid I explained the relative adverb "where" wrong, especially in the (3). Is my understanding about the relative adverb correct? Let me tell you what I might have been ...
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Relative pronouns part of speech

”Have you eaten all the cake THAT I made yesterday?” ”That” in this sentence is a relative pronoun that introduces the relative clause (I made yesterday), if I’m not mistaken. But what part of speech ...
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How do I understand (In Which) in the beginning of sentences?

In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names’ ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them....
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Dilemma between “which” and “that”

Are the words in bold interchangeable in this context? A network is a set of computers that are connected to each other so that information can be shared or sent to one computer to another. It is a ...
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Relative Pronoun “Which” in a defining clause

I've seen topics regarding this subject and people said "which" can be used in a defining clause - which is very odd to me. That's why I'm asking whether this usage is okay. Examples: The soda ...
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“Who” in this sentence

In this song of Hunger Games [The hanging tree], there's this part that seems odd to me: Are you coming to the tree, where they strung up a man they say who murdered three. Why is "Who" used here? ...
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Using 'What' As A Relative Pronoun

I have an issue where some ESL students frequently use 'what' in sentences like this i.e. 'It was the first cake what I tried.' (I always prefer 'that' to which in sentences like this.) I at first ...
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why in “Summer is the season when I'm happiest.” we have restrictive relative clause?

By definition restrictive relative clause modifies the meaning of its head word (restricts its possible referent). In the sentence "Summer is the season when I'm happiest." how "the season" restricted ...
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What is the meaning and the grammar of 'which that'

I'm a foreign student who is interested in the book known as Alice in the wonderland. There was a conversation between Alice and the red queen in which the latter replied: "...but I've heard nonsense,...
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The usage of relative pronoun “that”

I want to know what difference in usage these sentences have? 1)This hair that grows every morning until it touches the floor(original) 2)This hair grows every morning until it touches the floor ...
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Can a conjunction intervene between between a noun phrase and a relative clause?

In my native language (Malay), it is possible to use a conjunction followed directly by a relative clause. (At least according to my intuition): Ia satu pemandangan yang luar biasa, tetapi yang ...
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Who vs whom usage

I have a friend whom I met last year, started a new business, was not interested in it. I have a friend who I met last year, started a new business, was not interested in it. My grammar book is ...
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Who vs that differences [duplicate]

I don’t know any man that is present here. I don’t know any man who is present here. Which is correct? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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How can I correctly use this relative pronoun?

I work with families with many children who have financial problems here, who actually refers to children, not families. How can I re-write this sentence to make it refer to families?
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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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“The method how…”

I know how he did it. I know the way he did it (NOT, I know the way how he did it.) This is what we know. But one of my friends is insisting on using the following sentence : I know the method ...
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who vs that usage

1) The only person who can read and write English well is my friend. 2) The only person that can read and write English well is my friend. Which one is correct? What is the difference in meaning ...
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HOW : relative pronoun or relative adverb?

Relative pronoun : who, whom, whose, which, that Relative adverb : when, where, why Is "how" neither a relative pronoun nor an relative adverb? Then, which category does 'how' belong to?
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fronted verb with relative pronoun: to buy which

Is the following use of "to buy which" correct? John likes several houses, to buy which over ten million dollars will be required. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the meaning of “in which”?

What is the meaning of "in" when it comes before "which" in the following example? An inverted sentence is a sentence in a normally subject-first language in which the predicate (verb) comes before ...
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Relative pronoun or Subordinating Conjunction?

We know that an adjective clause may begin with a relative pronoun : "This is the song which my mother taught me". Here, which is a relative pronoun. But can we regard which as a Subordinating ...
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which vs what in a sentence, is what possible to use?

I wonder if I can use "what" while writing a formal text. Here is an example: "He didn't mind marrying another woman which/what was illegal" (I want to say that the act of marrying was illegal, not ...
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Code what/that matters

Saw an advertisement from Grammarly, a spell checker, where they humbly write: Code what matters. It doesn’t seem right to me, although I’m not a native speaker, might be wrong here. I feel like it ...
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IN WHICH/WHERE in a sentence

Sentences in which the noun is the subject vs Sentences where the noun is the subject Are both constructions grammatical in this case? Assuming both are correct, is there any difference in ...
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Is this sentence on CNN wrong with two relative pronouns:“There has been no American that has needed a ventilator that has not received one.”

I heard the following sentence on TV at a speech by a native speaker. "...There has been no American that has needed a ventilator that has not received one." As you can see, there are two relative ...
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Joining Clause by Pronoun “Whose ”

Please consider the below sentence The only people whose interest will get hurt is/are businessmen. is above sentence is correct? What kind of joining is that? I mean what is the grammatical term ...
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Whom and who in the same sentence - “with whom John speaks and who ask..”

Is the following correct? Those with whom John speaks and who ask him about the new machine, are astounded. Context: John speaks with random people, and they ask him about a new device. I am aware ...
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Relative Pronoun Who/That in this sentence

I've come across this type of sentence: I'm asking the name of person was speaking to us. Could I use "That/Who" here? Like: [...] Of the person who/that was talking to us Is it stuffy or ...
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When using that instead of where?

The sentence: We can understand that YouTube has become a channel that / where people visit almost every day. Can I use "that" instead of "where" here? Why can or can't I? Could you explain that ...
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The position of 'preposition+which' in a sentence

If I address 'Severe is the disease, and patients with the disease suffer from daily symptoms' in another sentence, A: Severe is the disease with which patients suffer from daily symptoms. B: ...
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How to describe a noun standing before the last word with 'which'?

I have a sentence: "I lived in the southern city of Kazakhstan, which is surrounded by mountains." In this sentence, it looks like that is Kazakhstan is surrounded by mountains. However, I wanted to ...
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Is it okay to separate the relative pronoun away from the modified word?

(Please fix the title, I don't think I wrote it right) In the Astinda system sits the scaffold upon which we will build a Dyson Sphere. Can I re-write this as "The scaffold sits in the Astinda ...
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“IoT includes devices that/which are connected to the internet”

I've studied about how to use "that" or "which", but I'm still confused about which one to choose in this sentence: IoT includes devices that/which are connected to the internet. which one is ...
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Those managing development teams

Would it be correct to say/write: These are the essential skills for those managing development teams. meaning: These are the essential skills for those who are managing development teams. And ...
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Prime numbers are what “are” left when you have taken all the patterns out

I am studying the English grammar for an exam, and the book tells me what I thought was right is actually wrong. So I was wondering if I could get some help here. In the sentence 'Prime numbers are ...
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sentence structure of 'That is what I believe it means'

That is what I believe it means Is 'what' here the object of 'I believe'? Or is there a wh-word omitted?
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How is this “that” used? Can “that” be used in 'nonrestrictive relative clause'?

It is impossible to pass very quickly from one kind of work to another, that is carried on in a different place and with quite different tools. In this sentence, I think "another" is the antecedent ...

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