Relative clauses are clauses starting with the relative pronouns who*, that, which, whose, where, when. They are most often used to define or identify the noun that precedes them.

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How to correctly apply “in which”, “of which”, “at which”, “to which”, etc? [on hold]

How does one correctly apply "in which", "of which", "at which", "to which", etc? I'm confused with which one to apply when constructing sentences around these. Please help me out here.
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“It was the kind of story that / where you had to be there.” — Are the relative words 'where' and 'that' interchangeable?

Consider this exchange: A: Your story wasn't funny at all. B: Maybe it was the kind of story where you had to be there. I encountered something like that a few days ago, and wondered if the ...
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Two relative clauses together before the main verb

I would like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct because apparently two relative clause was used successively without any relative pronoun or whatever it is that sentence needs. ...
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Who/whom + who relative clause

Is the following sentence grammatical? "Whom who was in his prime has Floyd Mayweather fought in his career?" I want to question whether Floyd Mayweather has fought any boxer during the boxer's ...
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Using define relative clause after non-defining clause

I'd like to ask if the usage of second relative clause is grammatically correct as in the following sentence? Even though she was successful businesswoman before her marriage, she expanded her ...
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Repeating the same word in relative clause and independent clause

Do you think if the following sentence grammatically okay or should we rewrite because the word gasoline are placed closely? Automobile manufacturers are producing smaller cars, which use less ...
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using “of which”

Is my use of "of which" in this sentence correct? How should I rephrase? Half of the factory closures affected more than 1,000 employees, 19 of which dismissed more than 2,500 employees. "19" is ...
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Reduced relative clause or the parallel one?

Found this question in a book: The Oldest repertory theater still existing ______ founded in 1680. a) the Comedie-Francaise in Paris, it was b) is the Comedie-Francaise in Paris, was c) which is the ...
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Pied-piping complex prepositions

How can I construct a relative clause of the following sentence containing the complex preposition "with respect to"? Original sentence: The expression is differentiated with respect to variable x. ...
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that clause as an adjective

I heard some people say: All (that) I am is blue. All (that) I am is sad. This relative that clause is used as an adjective that represents adjective "sad" and "blue", right? But as far as I know, ...
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Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences? I don't like the music he listens to. The work he did in Manchester was boring. [closed]

What do you call the clause/phrase "he listens to"? It's not an apposition, is it? Both parts of this sentence depend on each other, don't they? Neither can I say "I don't like the music." nor "he ...
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Can “where” ever be used as the subject of a relative/adjective clause?

Here's the sentence that was confusing: He went back to Santa Monica which was his hometown. Why can't "which" be replaced with "where"? "Where" can be used as a relative pronoun, but it's ...
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Usage of relative causes (of which) [closed]

Does the following sentence make sense? Microsoft competed in programming languages by making products of which programming languages are complementary, incompatible. The idea I am trying to ...
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What are the determiners 'this/these/that/those' called when they are not demonstrative?

Consider the sentences That car, which has been on the supermarket parking lot for a week now, do you have any idea who it belongs to? where the car can actually be seen at a distance, and ...
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Are there cohesive ties between nouns and following relative clauses?

I am not sure if this is the place for such a question, but if I am wrong, please do not get offended. I am reading their book and wonder why they didn't include wh- words like relative pronouns or ...
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Restrictive vs Non-restrictive Relative Clause

Can you tell me the difference in the meaning of the two sentences below? As a defining relative clause. The location which was called Central Park was a park in New York. As a non-defining ...
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Reversal of Relative Clauses

If subordinate clauses can be placed before or after the main clause as follows: They hid because I came. Because I came, they hid. Why isn't the same true for relative clauses? They are ...
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Why is “that” preceded by a comma in this relative clause? What does it mean?

As you know, there are two types of relative clause: Type 1 The woman who lives next door is a doctor. In this example,the relative clause tells us which person or thing (or what kind of ...
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The film [that/which] I selected for viewing

The film that I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. The film which I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. —At the margins, are both correct? ...
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is it possible to leave out the relative pronoun “where”? [duplicate]

Look at this question: The Think Tank is the only place in the world _____ visitors have free access to this type of research. a. who b. that c. which d. Ǿ e. where f. when The answer says that ...
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“What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much”

I came across this sentence from a book about a journalist: What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much. It is confusing for two ...
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Successive relative clauses

Is the use of two or more successive relative clauses common or grammarically accepted in English? As in "The man who is sitting in the wheelchair and who has a broken leg. Or "The man who is sitting ...
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“I read the news on twitter that you asked me to” or “I read the news that you asked me to on twitter”

Is this sentence of mine grammatically correct? I read the news on twitter that you asked me to. or is it supposed to be: I read the news that you asked me to on twitter. I believe both ...
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Relative clause “both dynamic and stative examples of which”

I am simply interested in whether this sentence is in correct English. Especially, I am unsure about the use of the relative clause in italic. The specular reflexions of the glass beads, both ...
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Should this be a restrictive or non-restrictive relative clause?

Which makes more sense in American English? The non-restrictive relative clause: The bed has a thickness, which may be adjustable. versus the restrictive relative clause: The bed has a ...
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When are relative pronouns omitted in a sentence?

"For someone used to the tiny creatures we get in England it was something of a shock." I think, in this sentence, relative pronouns before some words have been omitted. I know rules of omitting ...
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It is possible to reduce this relative clauses

I'm wondering if this sentence Optical fibres, which are made from very pure silica fibre, are the form of transmission line which is most often used these days. that the relative clause is ...
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“Who should be ashamed is your wife” is this ungrammatical? Why?

Is this usage common? Example: In your case, who should be ashamed is your wife. I ask because 99% of the results in Google Books are "the one who should..." or "the person who should." Maybe ...
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Comparative words after the subject

I'm really having trouble figuring out how to describe a clause describing a subject which contains a comparative adjective (or an adjective of equality). For example: Children [shorter than four ...
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Why did the author use “muttering” instead of “mutters” in this sentence?

"He wanders away from the group, muttering something about fingers and toes." - The hunger game, Mockingjay. And can you give me the name of this grammar structure? Is it short form of relative ...
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“…but that the dread of something after death,the undiscovered country from whose border no traveler returns,puzzles the will…” [closed]

I am having a hard time identifying the particular clause type. What type of clause is the part "from whose...returns"?
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How to identify an adverbial clause

I find it difficult to identify an adverbial clause in the following sentence: Saturday is the day when I get my hair done. Is the clause "when I get my hair done" adverbial?.
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“What were they doing differently *that* had led to this dramatic improvement?”

What were they doing differently that had led to this dramatic improvement? I saw a sentence having the same structure as the one above. But I am not sure that this sentence is grammatically ...
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Subject Omission

I have a complicated question to ask you. I wrote a composition and there was a sentence like this: [...] then he saw the brother he thought was dead But then my teacher corrected me by adding ...
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…is both… while at the same time

In the paragraph below, are the bolded words used appropriately? After learning about the entity’s business and goals, Anka assists in preparing a draft policy and compliance program that is both ...
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'how' instead of 'the way'

Would his parents understand him the way you do? --> Would his parents understand him how you do? is the rephrasing above grammatically ok?
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Omitting Subject Relative Pronouns

Most textbooks state that subject relative pronouns cannot be omitted, e.g. A: Alan threatened Brian. B: Alan was a gangster. A+B = Alan, who was a gangster, threatened Brian. However, ...
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How to find the correct noun that a relative or adjective clause corresponds to?

Its easy to identify the correct noun when the clause modifying that particular noun is immediately followed. But how to identify the correct noun when the noun is not immediately followed by the ...
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Can anyone explain the use of “in what” in the following sentence?

Can anyone explain the use of "in what" in the following sentence? In what some are seeing as a failure by Japan to live up to its responsibilities as a world power, only 11 refugees out of 5,000 ...
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Which word is this relative pronoun the object of?

The following is a sentence from an analysis by Sarah Dillon of a passage of Elizabeth Bowen’s A World of Love. The fact that the tree’s a chestnut then promises in its symbolism the potential ...
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Omitting a relative pronoun in a relative clause (exceptions and meaning)

Here is a sentence with a relative clause: 1) I gave her some money which/that she spent immediately. Technically, we can omit the relative pronoun because it is the object of the relative clause ...
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Grammar: “It was somewhere I did something” - choose the right option

Which should I choose to complete the gap in this sentence: It was ___________ I first met my wife. Vietnam which in Vietnam which Vietnam that in Vietnam where I think this sentence uses ...
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Where there are

I want to have a sentence like this: In addition, to efficiently calculate f(t) after adding an item x at position p, where there are q relevant items before, we can use Eq. 3. Is this grammatically ...
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Using The in adjective/relative clause

According to this link and this one, in adjective/relative clause we should use the before the noun we are defining, that is because for example in the sentence below, I was happy to see the ...
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Antecedent of “it” in “dropped the amulet into the bag and hooked it”

Sentence is: Jim dropped the amulet back into the bag and hooked it through his belt. Isn't there confusion here on the subject? It feels like 'hooked it' is still related to the amulet when ...
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What is the significance of “it did” at the end of a sentence?

Nevertheless, such a generalisation does not take us far towards an understanding of why the revolution broke out when it did, and why it took the remarkable road it did. I wonder why the last ...
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Is a preposition of place required when replacing “where” with “that”?

A preposition appears to be needed when that is used in sentences such as: That's the store where I bought my computer. That's the store that I bought my computer (at?). with exceptions ...
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I went to my gym. Is this correct? [closed]

Use of 'my' with School or college is correct. Is it good to use with gym, coaching center.
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So… “whom I would trust” OR “who I would trust” — which is correct? [duplicate]

Consider the following two sentences: (A) The man or woman has not been born yet whom I would trust to write error-free English. (B) The man or woman has not been born yet who would trust ...
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Using “which” without a comma

This is a follow up from this discussion. I am a patent attorney and some standard sentences that we use include this: The above-recited and other advantages and features of the disclosure will ...