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How to avoid using relative pronouns?

I've spotted I use lots of relative pronouns while I'm writing and speaking in English. I'm not sure why it's like that but I know I can avoid it and that makes my speech seem to be ugly.So the ...
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Friends “that or who” I consider my best friends

Can I ever use that for people, or must it be who? Which one is correct? I have friends from all walks of life that I consider my best friends. I have friends from all walks of life who I ...
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Usage of “what”

We recently did a test and we stumbled upon the following sentence: This film is better than ... we saw yesterday. With the answers: a, which b, - c, what d, that I choose "what" and the ...
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Use of that vs who [duplicate]

Is it correct to say 'He is the one that did it' instead of saying 'He is the one who did it' ?
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Grammatical name and function

What is the grammatical name and function of the parts of this sentence that are capitalized: The boy WHOSE SHOES WERE DAMAGED could not go with the others.
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Why don't most sources classify “when”, “where”, and “why” as relative pronouns?

I am researching the use of relative pronouns and most websites, including the British Council, list only: who, whom, which, that, and whose What about here? That's the house where I grew ...
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Problems with relative pronouns

I have a question related to punctuations. Please tell me whether the following sentences are correct or not. Innodata is a company that provides BPO and KPO services. Innodata is a company ...
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What allows the omission of subject relative pronouns?

“There’s some men wouldn’t look at a girl with a baby.” (Ken Follett, Fall of Giants) There is a young student comes here some evenings. (James Joyce, Dubliners) “That’s a smell could ...
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who / how / where / what

There was a question on the test that I was not sure which option was correct. The question is "Fill in the blank choosing the most appropriate word." Duke is not ( ) we think him to be. who / ...
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I think/know vs. I think/know that [duplicate]

I wonder when verbs like think or know are followed by that; I encountered both forms, is there a difference? For example, I know that he did it. // I know he did it. Are the two sentences ...
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“-ing” or “which” for description?

I think this sentence is standard English: 1A. John swung his arm wildly, hitting Jane in the head. And it approximately means: 1B John swung his arm wildly and he hit Jane in the head. ...
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Verb agreement with “that” as relative pronoun [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically correct? The idea that introduces a new relational representation is the subject of this paper. The idea that introduce a new relational ...
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“…FDA, who…” vs “…FDA, which…” - relative-pronouns of authorities

I'm referring to the following sentence: "Observes express their concerns whether the FDA, which/who is already overrun with work..." My question is: Are authorities in the English language treated ...
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Use of the phrase “it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

On another stackexchange site, I used the following phrasing: I want to do X. It seems I can only do so when Y. Someone edited the second sentence: It seems that I can only do so when Y. ...
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Singular or plural verb after “what”

Which sentence is more grammatically correct? He is being tried on what look like trumped-up charges. He is being tried on what looks like trumped-up charges.
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Meaning of “that” in “holomorphic function in the sector S that is continuous”

I have encountered a confusing sentence in a math textbook: Suppose F is a holomorphic function in the sector S that is continuous on the closure of S. What does that mean in the above ...
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Is this “as” a relative pronoun?

The caged eagle, whose gold-ringed eyes cruelty has extinguished, might look as looked that sightless Samson. (Jane Eyre) Is as a relative pronoun that has the caged eagle as its antecedent? ...
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Which is more common, using “who . . . is” or “whom . . . are”?

Which of these would you say? The married couple who the police caught is on drugs. or The married couple whom the police caught are on drugs. Why?
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Can “whose” refer to inanimate objects? [duplicate]

I was baffled while using this sentence: I went into some blog site whose sole purpose. . . . My question is about whose. Is it correct to use it there?
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Can “who” as a relative pronoun sometimes be omitted?

Somebody once observed two things: people often omit the relative pronoun "who" or "whom" to avoid having to worry about which is grammatically correct however, in all cases where it can be omitted, ...
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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 ...
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When to use “that” and when to use “which”?

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