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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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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Clause identification problem

The sentence is as follows: "All we do is just fight." My opinion is the only essential component that a clause should have is a verb. Therefore, an analysis of the sentence above would be that ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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She or her in a relative clause where she is both subject and possessor

If I have a relative clause where 'she' is the subject of the relative clause, but a possessor in the main clause, should I use 'of she' or 'of her'? Let me give an example, would I have: The ...
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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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Is it grammatical to use the relative pronoun “that” after a comma?

I’ve always thought it grammatically wrong to use “that” to introduce non-defining relative clauses, after a comma, or after a preposition. The following two sentences, however, use “that” after a ...
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Ambiguous relative clause

In the following expression, whom does 'who' refer to? The friends of the participants or the participants themselves? "The friends of the participants who were told to order soft drinks" This was ...
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Relative Pronouns are ALWAYS added right after antecedent?

Is is a rule that relative clauses should be added right after the antecedent(the noun relative pronouns refer to)? What if it is confusing? For example: "I went for a spin with a handsome boy last ...
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Sports “which/that” I have to run vs sports “where” I have to run

I'm Italian and I don't know what the best choice is. I don't like sports which/that I have to run. or I don't like sports where I have to run. What's the right relative?
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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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placement of descriptive clause in the sentence?

S1. X can be done to handle the unsavory practice by Y, which limits growth. S2. X can be done to handle the unsavory practice, which limits growth, by Y. In this sentence the descriptive ...
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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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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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How to correctly apply “in which”, “of which”, “at which”, “to which”, etc? [closed]

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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Comma before where when the clause is at the end of the sentence

Please tell me if I should place a comma before the word where in the two sentences below. I would like to work for you since I’m interested in working in a leading international school with ...
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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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Relative clauses: How do that-clauses differ from what-clauses?

Sometimes I can't see which clause fits the best. What "check-up" could be done to make sure which one is the right one? For example, 1) He will do anything that is needed. or He will do anything ...
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Repeating the same word in relative clause and independent clause [closed]

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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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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Double relative clause

In a sentences like this: I know people who are good at this and who can help you. I can drop either the second who or and the sentence will still be ok and make sense. I can't drop them 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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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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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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Why Do English Speakers Use “Preposition + Relative Pronoun” Form?

As I'm not an English speaker, whenever I encounter "Preposition + Relative Pronoun" forms in the books, newspaper, etc., it is not that easy for me to understand right away. ... it will gain ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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 ...
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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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'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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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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“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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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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How do I identify “infinitive clauses/phrases” and “subjects”?

In sentences such as the following, there is (as I understand it) an infinitive clause and an infinitive phrase. Which part is the infinitive clause and which part is the infinitive phrase? And what ...
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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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“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?