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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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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Different forms of clauses are treated differently

While this is considered true: Tell John McGarrett that his son will be along soon enough. while this is false: The large family that its house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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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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What are the differences between the usage of 'it' and 'they'? [closed]

I need to understand the following with respect to correct grammar not everyday usage: 1. The number to the antecedent that both pronouns can refer to (Singular/Plural) 2. Can the pronouns refer to ...
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“Such plea” “such waiver”: ungrammatical legal jargon?

I have encountered the noun phrase "such plea" in a lot of legal texts. Examples: In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. ...
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relative pronoun choice [duplicate]

Notice the italicized part of the following text: In essence, when a retailer decides to build a larger store, it bets that it can use that extra square footage and expanded inventory to attract ...
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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is a stand alone sentence, used as an exercise in learning Mandarin Chinese. It has no context. 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 ...