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“I am [who/whom] he loves” [duplicate]

Pursuant to my controversial question here, I am proposing a somewhat easier, but related question: Which choice (of "who"/"whom") would be correct in the following sentence? I am ___ he loves. ...
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Adding -ever to relative pronouns and adverbs

In one grammar book that I was using, different types of relative pronouns and adverbs were being described. Among those were whoever, whichever, and whatever for the pronouns and wherever, whenever, ...
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What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?

I can never figure out whether I should use who and whom. Most people use who for both colloquially, but some people say this is not correct. What’s the rule for using who and whom correctly?
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Comma before a participial phrase

I have two cases. a) He sent me a letter written in English. b) I was given a cup made in China from my friend. I personally think sentence (a) should be non-restrictive since there is only ...
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The appropriate usage of relative pronouns?

I particularly have some difficulties while using relative pronouns to illustrate a point. Let's consider the following example: -> The local volcano has recently woken up. Then, I want to add an ...
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Correct usage of *which* and *that* [duplicate]

I keep seeing written usage of which in cases where the writer clearly intends it to be restrictive. For example: "Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?" "It ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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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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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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“Which” as clause modifier

According to Azar ("Understanding and Using English Grammar," p. 286), using which to modify a whole sentence is informal and occurs most frequently in spoken English. Latin American countries ...
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what is the purpose of “as” here?

Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side, being careful to mark the value as positive or negative as makes sense in that quadrant. I simply cannot understand how, grammatically, "as"...
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Can 'who' refer to an inanimate object such as a government body? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it is possible to use 'who' in a sentence like this: 'the name of the government body who has assigned an identification number to the document.'
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“Most of which” or “most of whom”?

I am very uncertain about when to use "most of whom," "most of who," or "most of which." Please give concrete examples instead of only rules like, "this is the subject, so you should..."
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What kind of structure with a relative pronoun is this?

As Lord Esher once noted, ‘Any proposition the result of which would be to show that the common law of England is wholly unreasonable and unjust cannot be part of the common law of England.’ Would ...
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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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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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“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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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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Use of “what” vs “that”? [duplicate]

There is a song titled "Better Not Wake the Baby" by a band called The Decemberists. One of the lines in the song is as follows: Drown yourself in crocodile tears, Curse the god what made ...
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Relative pronoun structure beginner's question

I have 2 sentences and I have to join both in a single sentence with a relative pronoun: People visit CityA. They love to ride the cable cars. I am confused by the publisher of the question ...
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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 doesn'...
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Should I use 'whoever' or 'whomever': “I will kill ___ despises me.” ?

I know this sentence is a little awkward. Bear with me. "I will kill whomever I despise." -- This one feels correct. However... "I will kill whoever despises me." -- Is this right? Would this one ...
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Subject-verb agreement with prepositional phrase antecedent and pronoun [duplicate]

One of the engineers who design those programs is visiting with us today? or One of the engineers who designs those programs is visiting with us today?
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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 position of “of which”

**The car, the wheel of which was broken, crashed into a tree. The car of which the wheel broken crashed into a street The bungalows of which the roofs are leaking ought to... The bungalows the ...
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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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Plural or singular after “what … is / are + plural noun”

Example: "what the researchers are looking for is / are materials that ..."
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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? (When I ...
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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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Can anyone make me understand the cases of a relative clause?

As I have learned and studied cases of a relative clause, I am now confused with a few cases. We have three cases i.e. a subjective, objective and possessive case, but the below examples don't seem ...
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Who vs. That/ Where vs. That [closed]

This is the teacher that we call "Hot Lips". This is the the place that we read many books. The examples using that instead of who and where respectively are being taught. The pronoun that refers to ...
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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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When “who” is an antecedent, does it need to directly touch the person it's referring to?

When who is an antecedent, does it need to directly touch the person it's referring to? For example: I called Sally, who urged me to move in with her in Texas. OR I called Sally, the mother ...
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Is the use of the word “that” in the sentence below correct?

A light fall of ash, that it may destroy one year's crop, often pays the farmer well in future years with the fertility it adds to the soil.
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How can I diagram the direct object placement in “… the watch that my uncle had given me.”

Please consider: "... the watch that my uncle had given me." "my uncle" is the subject. "had given" is the main verb (past perfect). so... "me" is an indirect object? or should it really be "had ...
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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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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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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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“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 correct....
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I wonder whether it is the relative pronoun

Truth be told, I never graduated from college, and this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. In this clip from Steve job's speech in Standford school, I wonder what is the part ...
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Relative pronouns usage when I am talking about myself [closed]

I don't know which one of these statements is correct: I am a hardworking person, who is always using the latest techniques and technologies as good as I can. Or I am a hardworking person, ...
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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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Correct usage of wh-pronoun [duplicate]

I am facing problem regarding the usage of who and whom. So I want to know how to use those pronouns? For example: who or whom do you think I met?
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Introductory phrases and restrictive clauses

Do I need to put a comma after an introductory phrase inside a restrictive clause? Example: She realized that because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. She realized that ...
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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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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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The usage of “that” as a relative pronoun

Under what condition should we use "that" as the required and ONLY relative pronoun? Please give some examples. Thanks!