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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
528 views

Ands and Commas

I'm trying to construct a relative clause that's deliberately crammed with a lot of info. This is to illustrate to someone the flexibility of relative clauses (versus adjectives). Here's my ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Word order in defining and non-defining relative clauses

With defining relative clauses, there is a different word order according to the status of the relative pronoun in the sentence (that is, it can be either the subject or the object of the relative ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

Proper usage of 'which' in a sentence

I read the post Usage of "which", and am trying to frame my own sentence that uses "which". Consider the sentences below. In the first, I want to say that variable shadowing is the reason ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Usage: to which? [closed]

I found the following sentence while reading technical documentation but the use of "to which" doesn't seem right, which expression would you use here ? Returns a list of lists where the elements ...
1
vote
8answers
695 views

“I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules.” — Can this sentence work?

This is the sentence: I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules. I think the first that is a relative pronoun, the second also and the third is a demonstrative pronoun, ...
1
vote
1answer
251 views

Adjective clause with 'so'

I can't find any grammar reference to the correct usage of a specifying adjective clause. Consider an example: The physical activity, so vital for the developing body, is often overlooked by the ...
0
votes
3answers
149 views

“Who or where leave that to”

I was writing an email where I needed to return an item to a person who was not in the office the following day. So I came up with the following and I wonder if it's the the correct way of getting ...
4
votes
1answer
9k views

“that which” used together

When I read essays from Eliot, I find him using "that which" frequently, e.g. the combination which is the murder of Agamemnon is probably as complex as that which is the voyage of Ulysses. A ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

“of which” with more nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: possessive connecting word for inanimate object I would like to know whether this could be said by using "of which": Search for a car whose color of the hood is red. ...
0
votes
2answers
185 views

Use of “which” in a sample phrase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Other ways of saying whichs Is the following grammatically correct? Sampling was mainly random, with the exception of some services which indexes, calculated with ...
2
votes
1answer
777 views

Relative clauses: integrated, restrictive, non-restrictive, supplementary

H. W. Fowler established a terminology (I do not know if it originates with him), where clauses that are related to another clause through a pronoun are called relative clauses; he further drew a ...
-1
votes
4answers
9k views

“More than (what) meets the eye”

Is it correct to say more than what meets the eye? More than meets the eye sounds incorrect, but I've seen a lot of people use it and that confuses me. What acts like an object to the phrase which ...
5
votes
4answers
678 views

Confused with the interpretation of the restrictive relative clause

The sentence: My sister who is from Chicago visited me last weekend. The interpretation from YouTube: I have more than one sisters and I am specifically talking about my sister who is from ...
4
votes
6answers
495 views

Help reworking a sentence to make it less ambigious

Are there any rules governing what the "which" refers to in a sentence like this: Every five minutes, the Node.js application posts a JSON document to my CouchDB instance which looks like: ...
7
votes
6answers
3k views

“all that” vs. “all what”

I’ve heard somebody say: All what is needed is … I thought the correct way to phrase it was: All that is needed is … However, thinking about it more, the former doesn’t sound too ...
4
votes
2answers
818 views

“It is having time to think that makes me depressed” — grammatical function of “that”?

It is having time to think that makes me depressed. In this sentence, what is the grammatical function of the word that?
3
votes
3answers
562 views

Can “whose” refer to a first-person subject in the third person?

This question came from a friend. It is from a college entrance exam for non-native English speakers. Link the following sentences with "whose": I was a small kid. My classmates laughed at ...
4
votes
4answers
10k views

Independent clause markers

I understand independent clauses, and how there are certain markers such as however, therefore, consequently which can denote an independent clause. The common example of use is when one of them ...
2
votes
2answers
159 views

Finnegan's Wake: “the least successful of whom was…” [closed]

Does the following sentence sound awkward because of the positioning of whom? Beans grew up in a Roman Catholic household with four brothers; the least successful of whom was the bank president.
1
vote
1answer
102 views

Is Anyone/ Who is used together?

The course is for anyone who is interested in learning about computers. Is there an error in the above sentence formation? Or can we just say: The course is for anyone interested in learning ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

Is “of which” a proper way to begin a relative clause? [closed]

Germany is subdivided into 16 (federal) states, of which Bavaria is the largest. The thing is that my dictionary is not perfectly clear about this, i.e. there is no direct translation available. ...
2
votes
1answer
9k views

“for which” vs. “for what”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: "Which" vs "what" - what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? Q: What's the rule-of-thumb on "for which" vs. "for what" ...
6
votes
1answer
293 views

Relative clause introduced by an adverb

“Your employment at Chent will terminate directly we find a suitable replacement.” (John Brunner, Quicksand, 1967) This sentence is said by a highly formal and stuffy character. I guess this use ...
3
votes
4answers
223 views

“Be able to,” “can” in reduced relative pronouns

I am trying to remember whether the sentences below are correct: I don't know this guy being able to complete this task. I don't know this guy can complete this task. I think the first one is ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

Why is 'that' sometimes optional before dependent clauses?

Sometimes, the word 'that' to introduce a dependent clause is optional. For example, these sentences both make sense with or without 'that': Long books [that] religious people like tend to be ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Can adjectives be placed without a noun after them?

Adjectives are placed before nouns. But sometimes I've seen (though I'm not sure if they are correct), things like: The item placed there I know that it may be a short way of saying "The item ...
23
votes
4answers
4k views

What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
1
vote
0answers
184 views

Possessive “that's” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? Is the use of "that's" correct in the sentence below? Imagine a frame with two sets of strings stretched across, ...
4
votes
2answers
444 views

Using “that” before a preposition

It's correct to say: Here's a nice recording, which I think you will like listening to. Here's a nice recording that I think you will like listening to. What about these? Here's a nice ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Are you comfortable with who(m) he is?

Are you comfortable with him? (correct) Are you comfortable with whom he is? (??) You're comfortable with whom he is. (??) Are you comfortable with who he is? (??) You're comfortable ...
4
votes
1answer
905 views

Omissions of “that” in a relative clause [duplicate]

I am not clear on when the word "that" can be omitted in a relative clause. I only know that when the modified noun is the object in the clause, the antecedent "that" can be omitted. Are there any ...
7
votes
1answer
3k views

Using “who” for things (nonliving beings)

On an online typing tutor site I came across the following phrase: We're now going to move on to words who's first letter originates on the top row. Can "who" normally be used in this way (to ...
8
votes
1answer
215 views

“I do not know where … is” vs. “I do not know where is …”

Which of the following sentences is correct in the formal context? Both? If possible, please also explain why each of these sentences is correct/incorrect. I do not know where the best place to ...
13
votes
4answers
22k views

'Which', 'whose' or something else?

I would appreciate your help phrasing the following: I am looking for elements which/whose/... size/sizes is/are relatively large.
5
votes
3answers
1k views

“He was playing when he fell” or “he fell when he was playing”?

Which one is correct? He fell down when he was playing in the field. He was playing in the field when he fell down. Why?
10
votes
2answers
469 views

“That” or “which”? Does it matter?

If I wish to say something along the lines of Consider the bear that scratches his head. It seems to me that I could instead say Consider the bear which scratches his head. I am unsure ...
10
votes
3answers
36k views

Should you use “who” or “that” when talking about multiple people doing something?

Which of the following is correct? There were 10 people that went to the store. There were 10 people who went to the store. Edit: Which of the following is correct? There were 10 ...
104
votes
10answers
8k views

When to use “that” and when to use “which”?

When is it appropriate to use that as opposed to which?