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as if in a superhero movie/as in a superhero movie

a. Those kids were talking as in gangster movies. b. Those kids were talking as if in a gangster movie. (Meaning: They were talking the way they do in gangster movies.) =============================...
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Applying restrictive clause to compound nouns

A renown foreign bakery and a locally owned bakery, which HAS won awards for its croissants, HAVE seen a significant decrease in the revenue since the biggest employer in the area shut down. How do ...
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The restrictive relative clause structure containing “you think be”?

I have read this article which explains in detail what relative clauses are, but I still cannot clear up the structure of the below sentence(from here): I want to know what program, where, and ...
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Does a restrictive word phrase or clause always limit the meaning of the word just before it?

Non-restrictive (of a relative clause or descriptive phrase) giving additional information about a noun phrase whose particular reference has already been specified. I read that a restrictive ...
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I received a gift from my sister who just got back from

If I don’t use a comma before the word who in this sentence below, then would it imply that I have more than one sister (supposing the speaker had only one sister)? I received a gift from my sister ...
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Analyzing “This was the long way, which we had to go”

This was the long way, which we had to go. I think this sentence is grammatically correct and which is referring to the long way and there is no need to use that to restrict the long way because as ...
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Why is it not correct to write, “The boy, who has a limp, was in an auto accident”?

1.The boy who has a limp was in an auto accident. We do not know which boy is meant without further description; therefore, no commas are used. 2.The man, knowing it was late, hurried home. We used ...
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threw me in a cage like an animal

a. They threw me in a cage like an animal. b. They threw me in a cage, like an animal. c. They threw me in a cage as they would an animal. d. They threw me in a cage, as they would an animal. The ...
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in “my brother who doesn't [live in New York]” in context

Here goes a sentence from a grammar test published on the online version of The Telegraph (UK): I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, who lives in New York, to Mark, my brother who ...
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right usage of subject verb agreement: “There is only one of his novels that are/is interesting”

There is only one of his novels that** are** interesting. Is this correct? If not which part is wrong, please tell me which explanation based on a sub-verb agreement. In my book, it says If a subject ...
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Is the where clause restrictive or nonrestrictive in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand if I should insert a comma before the where clause in this sentence. Could you please help? Simon could hear laughter from the garage where a loud drinking game was being ...
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Is the “who” clause restrictive or nonrestrictive in this sentence?

Could you please tell me if I should insert a comma before who in this sentence that I've written? I feel that the "who" is nonrestrictive here since the clause "who hadn't wanted kids" is not ...
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when I was at the hospital

Can one write a. The attacks when I was at the hospital were mild. b. The attacks during my stay at the hospital were mild. ? In these sentences 'when I was at the hospital' and 'during my stay at ...
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Restrictive clause with a preposition

I am not sure if this sentence is correct: The word, from which the Polish, Ukrainian and Czech verbs 'mówić', 'мовити', 'mluvit' descend, means 'to say'. It is certainly a restrictive clause, but ...
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Is this sentence is relative restrictive clause? What does the sentence mean?

From here: It’s disingenuous to suggest the Dodgers have never had a player come of nowhere quite like Taylor. I don't understand what "come of" means here. AFAIK, "come of something" means to be ...
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Why is “which” applicable here? [duplicate]

The sentence is below (standalone sentence, no context) Bears often hide themselves in places ____ hunters can't find. My teacher said the answer was "that/which". I feel totally OK with that, but ...
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Restrictive or non-restrictive use of Where?

I'm not sure if I should insert a comma after "Christmas." Should it be like this: The good news was that with all financial matters resolved, the producers finally decided to release the film ...
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Double restrictive clause

I want to say this following sentence. The decisions in making a project plan that are affected by variable X are presented in Table 4.1 However, the grammarly, a grammar software, says that my ...
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“which” vs “that” and comma before “which”

I am extremely interested in obtaining such a position at your lab, where I can contribute to its research and development for new standards, and where I can gain extensive experience that is ...
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Comma usage before relative clause

Large machine like clocks which tell the time was invented. If I want which refer to large machine, will I need to add comma before which ?
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“Of these two birds the male is that which is colored brighter”

As far as I understand, in American English there must stand that instead of which in the sentence "Of these two birds the male is that which is colored brighter" the clause being restrictive. On ...
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That and which with plurals [duplicate]

Here is a sentence in which I've used 'that' and 'which' with plurals (apples) I have twenty apples which/that aren't mine. Is it equally correct in grammar to use "which are" and "that are" with ...
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Is it a restrictive clause and, if so, why?

"We live in a submarine(,) which is painted yellow."
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Why is this phrase non-restrictive but this one isn't?

On my last question, I asked if "looking for sea shells" was a non-restrictive clause in the sentence, "I was at the lake[,] looking for sea shells, but instead, I found this dollar bill." I was told ...
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Comma before “people, which do this and this”

In this sentence, is the second comma correct? However, most operators are moving towards P2P networks, which do not have central servers. From the hot tip on this site, I would think it is ...
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Do I need to put comma in this context?

This is my sentence The system generates recommendations depending on the items that other similar users, to the active user, have liked in the past If you want to understand the sentence, you can ...
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What relative pronoun should I use here? which or that?

Can I change "which" to "that" as it is a Restrictive Clause? Catholics were aligned with Southerners in the Democratic Party at midcentury, a coalition which was exceedingly unfavorable to ...
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Do the two given sentences mean the same?

"I have a few poems, and i'd like to know what people make of them." Now, if i were to convey what's conveyed in the sentence above, could i say "I have a few poems i'd like to know what people make ...
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Clauses position: must a clause closely follow the noun it modifies?

For both restrictive clauses and non-restrictive clauses, must they strictly follow the nouns they modify? Is there any exception of injecting adj/adv phrases between nouns and clauses? I have the ...
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Should a subordinate clause be separated if it interrupts main clause?

Should the clause "we provide" be separated by commas if it interrupts the main verb-phrase "your use constitutes"? Your use of the Services, we provide, constitutes the subject-matter of the ...
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After the verb “be”, is there “the fact that” or just “that”?

The difference between x and y is that x is produced by z. The difference between x and y is the fact that x is produced by z. That x is produced by z is the difference between x and y. The ...
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The University of St Andrews ______ is the oldest university in Scotland

The University of St Andrews ______ is the oldest university in Scotland. A. which was founded in 1413 B. , which was founded in 1413, C. , that was founded in 1413, The answer is 'B'. ...
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Which relativizers may be used in modifying clauses and phrases?

If a relative clause modifies a noun or a pronoun in a main clause, then we could use relative pronouns such as that, which, who, whom, whose, and relative adjectives such as where, why. During ...
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Is Hilary my sister or brother?

I came across this question while taking an English grammar test on the BBC news magazine. The multiple choice question is based on the following sentence: "I'd like to introduce you to my sister ...
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Using comma with a relative clause

Is there a ',' needed in this sentence? My chair which is broken is make of wood.
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Can We Move the Position of a Reduced Relative Clause?

The train now arriving at Platform 3 is the 4.20 to Paddington. Can I move the position of reduced relative clause like this? Now arriving at Platform 3, the train is the 4.20 to Paddington. ...
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“Which” versus “that” when I can't put off the phrase by comma

John takes a long sling, connects its one end to the cam which is inserted into the hole close by her and connects the other end to the climbing rope. There are many cams. "The cam" refers to a ...
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Does the “by which” give correct meaning

What clause should I use to express following idea correctly? After that, polygon edges are extended and intersected by which leads a closed polygon.
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Intonation difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive relative clauses

He had four sons who became doctors. He had four sons, who became doctors. Is there any difference in intonation between restrictive and nonrestrictive relative clauses?
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The department shredded all the files from the inquiry[,] 'which'/'that' contained embarrassing material

The department shredded all the files from the inquiry which contained embarrassing material. After having read the sentence above, I was wondering if the department destroy every file, or only those ...
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Is there any difference between “which” and “that”?

What is the difference between the words which and that? For example I have the following sentences: “I have a car which is blue.” “I have a car that is blue.” Are there any rules specifying usage ...