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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“Which kind of” vs “what kind of” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? What kind of movies do you like; action ones or comedy ones? Which kind of movies do you like; action ones or comedy ones?
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Can “which” refer to a part of a sentence?

When he went to Japan to meet his friends, he bowed a little to them instead of having handshakes, which is the Japanese way of greeting people. Is this sentence correct? It seems that the "...
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Is relative pronoun 'which' missing?

(1) This has caused a lot of damage to the environment. This damage leads to a loss of biodiversity. (2) This has caused a lot of damage to the environment, which leads to a loss of biodiversity. (3) ...
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How to understand “for whom” structure in a sentence?

From a TED talk, starting at 2:11: In the first, we have animals that display stereotyped, predictable behaviors towards their dead, and for whom much of what we understand about them comes from ...
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Is this relative pronoun correct here?

"And a number of twentieth-century writers have assumed, like Hanslick, that fixed pitches are among the defining features of music. Now it is true that in most of the world’s musical cultures, ...
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Can 'that' replace 'which' in this sentence?

Is which a non-identifying relative pronoun because of the preceding Pride and Prejudice? Or, is it an identifying relative pronoun in the following first sentence? If so, it can be replaced with ...
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usage of demonstrative pronouns

I am writing an article. I have two sentences. The first sentence introduces a thesis. In the second sentence there is a reference to it. Should I use the relative pronoun "this" or "...
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“Percentage of time that..” vs “Percentage of time..”

Which one of the following is grammatically correct? Percentage of time that the system will be available to the users OR Percentage of time, the system will be available to the users
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Should I use who or which? “a nurse is someone who/which always helps sick people.” [duplicate]

Is it "a nurse is someone who always helps sick people." or " a nurse is someone which always helps sick people."?
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Doubts on the usage of the pronoun *which*

I have a few questions about the use of the pronoun which. In the sentence: A statistical model is a family of probability distributions of a random variable which is smoothly parametrized by a ...
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When to skip which?

When can I skip the relative pronoun "which" in a sentence? Let's take the following: [...] Where along the long shore, which is full of white sands, the gloom of evening engulfs my heart. ...
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Is the use of the pronoun “who” correct in the following sentence?

Sentence: "There was some doubt as to who the child's real father was." I have a feeling I should use whom instead: "There was some doubt as to whom the child's real father was." ...
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What does a relative pronoun refer to in the preceding sentence

Are both of these correct? I.e., can a relative pronoun refer to anything in the preceding sentence, or even earlier in the paragraph? "Bob went to Costco to buy some bread. It was delicious.&...
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“The Land That Time Forgot” - is it grammatical to omit “that”?

As I know, the relative pronoun can only be omitted when it is the object of the clause; when the relative pronoun is the subject of the clause, it cannot be omitted. I try to understand whether the ...
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their or whose?

I'd like to know whether I should use "their" or "whose" in the following. And why should I use one over the other? Those politicians, whose hands seem to be made to take bribes, ...
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One of usages of the verb “know”: know object to V or know object V

They know the designs to work. vs 2. They know the designs work. (quoted and varied from "previous designs that they know work") Is there any difference between 1 and 2? PS. I found this ...
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What does “that” indicate here? “data” or “range”

A less obvious drawback is the limited range of data that the experiment can generate. I wonder what does "that" indicate here? range data I think "that" is an objective case of ...
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Does “it” refer to the bacterium or a desireable chemical?

What does the bold "it" in the italicized line refer to, the bacterium or a desirable chemical? Anyway the sentence containing it evades me. What does the sentence mean? A bacterium is so ...
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Question word(s), subject and verb of subordinate-clause in “Could you tell me which flight he will be on”

I'm trying to find subordinate-clauses' subjects and verbs, but there's something that confuses me: For example when I'm looking for the question word, subject, and verb in: "I don't know who ...
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Question on relative clause

I've been reading a online book where I saw this sentence: Even though I'm living alone, just by looking at your lifestyle which everything has to be done perfectly, personally I wouldn't follow it ...
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Is “where” a relative pronoun or a subordinating conjunction in this sentence?

In this sentence is the word "where" a relative pronoun or a subordinating conjunction? Every year, my school hosts a sports day where each group has a chance to win a great prize.
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Whoever/Whatever… + Relative pronoun + Clause?

From time to time, I see this type of sentence: Whatever/However/Whoever... + Clause Whoever wrote this should win a prize. But aren't we supposed to put the relative pronoun that (or other relative ...
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a story whose end

The speaker uses "whose end" rather than "the end of which", why? What rhetorical device does he apply? Since "who" refers usually to humans, I guess the device is ...
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missing “his” before “tears” and “a couple of feet”

I have stumbled onto two sentences in my book and I wonder to know why there is missing "his" before "tears" and "a cople of feet". The texts are Then, as he tried to ...
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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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