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

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Difference between such and as

a. He is such a boy as everyone likes him. b. He is such a boy that everyone likes him. c. He is such a boy as liked by everyone. d. He is such a boy that is liked by everyone. Which sentence is ...
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Why was 'who is' omitted?

The sentence is: The driver is met by Jonuz, an Albanian, short in stature, but with thick shoulders and powerful arms. Why is it not 'who is short in stature, but… arms.'? Why is there no 'who is'? ...
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form <that vs where>

Long before reading and writing became widely spread and available, oral storytelling had already been a form where/that the wisdom and knowledge of the people were passed down from elders to children....
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"Choose which You like" - Is "which" a direct object of two clauses?

I'm curious about the sentence: "Choose which You like". It seems that the relative pronoun which is the direct object of two clauses - a fact that the majority of English courses are quiet ...
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Relative Clause Sentences I have a lot of work to do

I have a lot of work to do. = I have a lot of work that I must do. It is the same. I can't understand that. How?
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Placement of a relative pronoun

Please consider the following sentence: Ada Lovelace is the first computer programmer in the world who wrote the code for analytical engine. Is the placement of the relative pronoun "who" ...
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Use of 'of' and 'none' in the following sentence

Cows are amongst the gentlest of animals; none shows more passionate tenderness towards their young. In this sentence, why there is 'of' after 'the gentlest' and the use of none is also confused me. ...
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"Relative pronoun and Conjunction"

What are the basic difference between Relative pronoun and conjunction
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What could have happened to Jane's library card that would make her have to borrow someone else's card?

What could have happened to Jane's library card that would make her have to borrow someone else's card? What's the antecedent of 'that'? Jane's library card or 'What ~ card"?
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Passive Voice and Relative Clause sentences

1.the object to validate 2.the object to be validated 3.the object which will be validated what are the differences between them? I thought all the sentences meant the same thing. What subject do I ...
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I will spend whatever of time and energy may be mine [duplicate]

I will spend whatever of time and energy may be mine. Is this sentence possible to rephrase like: I will spend whatever may be mine of time and energy. I will spend whatever time and energy may be ...
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“the room whose door is broken” vs “the room which door is broken”? [duplicate]

Which exactly is the difference in meaning and usage between choosing whose versus choosing which in this first sentence? He chose to live in the room [ which / whose ] door was broken. How do these ...
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Identifying the subject in relative pronoun

I found the following sentence in a math book (rigorously) defining the interior points of a region (denoted by R) in a plane (xy-plane): A point (x0 , y0) in a region R in the xy-plane is an ...
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The usage of where as a relative pronoun

Furthermore, the act of voting necessarily ignores how strongly each individual feels about the matter being voted on or the consequences that a final decision may impose. And even under the best of ...
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Is "whom" used correctly in this extract? :

“Friends whom I have met later have told me that I was not one of those whom the shock of admission greatly depressed”. ̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶_̶ I'm kind of confused here... In ...
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I wonder if the sentence is grammatically correct? "I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal." Am I missing something?

So, I was reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and stumbled across this sentence: I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ...
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Determine which statement is grammatically correct [closed]

I don't know how to choose between which and who in these phrases. Which of these phrases is grammatically correct? Tom Smith, which is John Smith’s brother Tom Smith, who is John Smith’s brother
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stores where people visit

Her brother, who is majoring in business administration, told her several interesting facts about marketing. The 'shower effect' is a marketing technique that places theaters, culture centers, ...
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As bad as it sounds vs. As bad as all that sounds

Artists who worked with lead complained of palseys, melancholy, coughing, enlarged retinas, and even blindness. But lead white's density, opacity, and warm tone were irresistable to artists like ...
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Can I replace “from which” in this sentence by “where”

I have the original sentences: We climbed to the top of the tower. We had a beautiful view from there. We have been instructed to rewrite the above sentences using relative pronoun/relative adverb. ...
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Can relative pronoun omitted in this sentence? A post office is a place [where] you can buy stamps

Does this sentence need a relative pronoun (where) or not and it is a correct sentence in this form? A post office is a place you can buy stamps.
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What is the reference of the pronoun "which" in the following sentence?

To be more precise, the verb in the dependent clause may be included, which requires "than" to be treated as a conjunction. Cathy is more talented than he is.
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Whatever and whichever usage

Whatever Alice offers him, Fred eats. Whatever you like, you may take. Whichever wing succeeded first would wheel inwards and help the other. Why the 3rd example does not have a comma after the ...
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Grammar for "noun is followed by a clause"

This leads to difficulties when trying to control the ABI of a shared library: one must apply attributes to and export the whole class from the shared library, which is not an option some members of ...
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Sometimes I see people add preposition before "which", sometimes not. How should I understand the rule?

Three sentences with preposition before "which": I was surprised by the speed at which he completed the project. The rate at which trees absorb CO2 varies by species. The degree to which ...
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You will starve when the inevitable occasional year arrives in which your one field has a low yield

It is not the peasant’s goal to produce the highest possible time‐averaged crop yield, averaged over many years. If your time‐averaged yield is marvelously high as a result of the combination of nine ...
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Why there is no object after "make"?

Why there is no object after "make"? As you can see, we're in the reception area, which we try to make attractive and welcoming to visitors. In this nonrestrictive attributive clause, '...
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Relative clause starting with "in which way"

I made the following sentence: It is crucial for us to be attentive to the true needs and wants of our hearts. Only in this way can we attain a life that aligns with our self-expectations. I want to ...
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No Antecedent in a Relative Clause

Is this sentence grammatical? : More and more research is surfacing that shows us the benefits of the thousands of colorful “phytochemicals” (phyto=plant) that exist in foods. If it is, why? I can'...
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"which groups such as 3.14 Action"

I hope that many scientists (and others with an appreciation of science) will seek appointment to zoning boards or run for state, county or local political office, which groups such as 3.14 Action, ...
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"He is what is known as a bellyacher"

I think "He is who is known as a bellyacher" is right because "who" there functions as the subject of the clause and "he" is a human being rather than a thing. My teacher ...
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the case of a relative pronoun here [duplicate]

This is from a news article : Cooper has called out four GOP legislators — three House members and one senator — whom he said told voters last year that they would protect abortion access. I think ...
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Relative adjective using when

I'm learning how the relative pronoun when works in a sentence. While combining this clause The day was snowy. My brother was born on that day. I came up with 2 forms of relative adjective clauses. ...
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Is "that" used for things, people, places and time too?

So that is used for time to? September 8 is the date that I was born. Or September 8 is the date when I was born. Why is it "that" instead of "when" used in this situation, or are ...
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"from a country that they are not from" [closed]

I am rewording this sentence: Many people claim to be from a place that they have not been to. This sounds perfectly fine to me but when I try and pare it down: Many people claim to be from a place ...
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Use of "it" after "in such a way that"

Which of the following is correct? The only difference between them is the presence of the word "it". 1- Describe your accomplishments in such a way that highlights how they might be ...
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How to place relative pronoun correctly?

The Thames is a beautiful river. It flows through London Combining these two sentences with relative pronoun: (1) The Thames is a beautiful river, which flows through London. or (2) The Thames, which ...
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"I have what I thought that I wanted." or "I have what I thought I wanted."?

I have what I thought that I wanted. or I have what I thought I wanted. I'm not sure if I used "that" correctly in the first sentence. I know that "that" gets used as a relative ...
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Need have with "It’s not what you think it is"

Can someone help me understand the grammar behind the following sentence? It’s not what you think it is. I completely understand the meaning of it. For some reason I thought sentence would be ...
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Is it correct to use the relative pronoun 'that' after the pronoun 'one'

from a band score 9 (the highest) IELTS essay: 'In conclusion, free university education is a must for any country that values equal rights and one that wishes to advance. The cost of free educ...' ...
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Can I omit 'where' from the sentence

This is the house which we live in. =This is the house that we live in. Then the relative pronoun 'that' is omitted. So the sentence becomes: This is the house we live in. Am I correct? Now what if ...
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Is the pronoun "which" used correctly in the second instance in this text?

Taking into account the location of every word in the next piece of text, I find the use of the word "which" confusing as it is intended to allude to the spinal nerves and not to the ...
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Is it possible to say "the World Cup that..." instead of "the World Cup where..."?

This is the second World Cup in succession that Germany have failed to get out of their group, suffering the same fate in Russia in 2018. This is from a BBC sports article: World Cup 2022: 'Germany ...
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What does the 'which' refer to?

We understand that the segregation of our consciousness into present, past, and future is both a fiction and an oddly self-referential framework; your present was part of your mother’s future, and ...
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I don't understand this usage of "as"

One week later Roosevelt embargoed the export of such grades of oil as still were in commercial flow to Japan. I don't understand this usage of "as". Is it the same as "which"? ...
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What is/are the antecedent(s) of the relative pronoun "who" in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, what is/are the antecedent(s) of the relative pronoun "who"? Children include all biological children, legally adopted children, and stepchildren who are ...
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When can we say "the reason why" and "the reason for which" and when only "the reason"? [duplicate]

I'm curious to find out when we can say "the reason why" and "the reason for which" and when only "the reason". Could you explain it to me please? I found some examples: ...
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"..., half of which I don't know the purpose (of)"

So today, I wanted to say to my coworker that half of the items lying on my labmate's desk are something that I don't know the purpose of, so I said this. There are many items on his desk, half of ...
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How to decide if the pronoun in the dependent clause should be included or not?

As far as I know, we should omit the pronoun in the relative clause when the relative pronoun refers to it. For example, we should say: 1 One of the most paramount features of today's life is the ...
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The woman who is singing a song is my teacher VS The woman is my teacher who is singing a song

I want to ask about the positioning of relative clauses: The woman who is singing a song is my teacher. VS The woman is my teacher who is singing a song. I have two questions about this. First, ...
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