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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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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A relative clause with a {subject, object} pronoun

This grammatical case has been bothering me for quite a while already. On a forum, there is a post. Alright, now I get it. The leader can be assigned when you reach a required rank and upgrade a ...
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Why we should write “That”?

Global markets are waking up to an upbeat report on the U.S.- China trade talks. Asian markets fell hard following the sell-off in the U.S. yesterday, but a report out of Bloomberg News this ...
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Who/such/which why one rather than another

Most people would say it’s impossible and I include the most greatly successful among us ________ probably these people A) such as B) which are C) who are Which ones are correct and which ones ...
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Why I can't use “that its” in this case?

I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel. There were ...
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Is the same meaning between using relative pronouns and adjective in sentence?

I want to find a car which is white in a house which is red. I want to find a white car in a red house. Are two sentences above the same meaning?
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When two proposition “to”s encounter

Aston Martin’s IPO will provide further clues to which category ultra-expensive carmakers really belong. Context: The Economist Grammatically, you need to have "clues to which..." and "...
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“That” instead of “those” with plural nouns

At the first glance, that is used with singular nouns, and those with plural. However, sometimes I see that that is used with plural nouns as well. So, both of these examples seems to be correct: ...
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“The culture that/in which we inhabit…”

The culture that we inhabit shapes how we think, feel, and act in the most pervasive ways. The culture in which we inhabit shapes how we think, feel, and act in the most pervasive ways. Is ...
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Is it correct to use “that” in “the man that saved the girl” or should it be “the man who saved the girl”?

Can you help me find the man who saved the girl? Can you help me find the man that saved the girl? The teacher did not use "that" in this case when she corrected the exercise, so I thought it's ...
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“directions that in which”

The sentence: "In this article, we outline the most telling features in light of these three main directions that in which Wi-Fi technologies are advancing." What is "that" here. Is it a relative ...
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What does “represent” mean in this context?

The event attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the country as well as top experts from around the world that are represented with pavilions at the fair. (https://www.tradefairdates.com/...
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“She looked at his eyes that were just beautiful”

She looked at his eyes that were just beautiful I know that this sentence is wrong but I don't know how to correct it. Do I have to change 'that' into 'which'?
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That and which in specific sentence

Which sounds more natural in this sentence: Names have power which you can summon. or Names have power that you can summon. Or maybe there's a difference in meaning or usage context that I can'...
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what does “that” refer to

What does the 2nd "that" refer to in this following passage? The story of Cabeza De Vaca and his companions has its origins in the Caribbean archipelago, that immense arch of green gems set against ...
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Can we say “He is a friend of mine I love” instead of “He is a friend of mine who/that I love”?

To mean "He is a friend of mine who I love" or "He is a friend of mine that I love", can I say "He is a friend of mine I love"? When I omit "who" or "that" in that sentence, it sounds wrong to me. I ...
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“which we call the X” vs. “which we call it the X”

Which of the following sound correct: We create a new model which we call the "X" model Vs. We create a new model which we call it the "X" model
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What is the object of “take”?

The rescue capsule Fénix was designed by the Chilean Navy in collaboration with NASA to rescue the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile's San José copper mine. Painted in the red, white, and blue ...
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Does “which” make this sentence clearer?

As I am proof-reading my own writing, I am not sure if which one of these two sentences sounds clearer. Language skill can bring distinct advantages that set those learning it apart from their ...
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Can relative clauses be placed not just after the antecedent?

In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size by eating bacteria. The idea was interesting which she put forward. Can relative clauses follow its ...
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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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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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