So if you're making a game that a person who plays Limbo might like, you should....

I heard this in one of the videos by Totalbiscuit. He's a game commentator on youtube. I'm pretty sure the guy is from Newcastle. Just in case if it matters. Limbo is a video game.

My question is, is it ok to have a relative clause inside another relative clause?

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    Of course. Why should it not be? Haven't you just asked the same question? Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 13:10
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    I would strongly recommend against using YouTube as a place to study English grammar.
    – THEAO
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 13:14
  • @BarrieEngland No. They're about the same thing (relative clause) but they're not the same. Here, it's one inside another and in that topic, it's one after another.
    – Dunno
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 13:18
  • @THEAO NO! :D I don't study it there )) I heard something new and that's why I'm asking here. Since I heard it on youtube it's just another reason to ask)
    – Dunno
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 13:20

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There is no grammatical rule against attaching relative clauses to other relative clauses in English.

In a highly inflected language like classical Latin, it is possible to insert a seemingly indefinite number of clauses to others, as anyone who has been assigned to translate a page-long sentence of Cicero knows. But English is weakly inflected, and highly dependent on syntactic markers like word position and proximity to deliver meaning. The more dependent clauses you add to a sentence, the more awkward it sounds and the more difficult it becomes to parse, whether in spoken or written English, so there are practical limits to how many levels of recursion your reader will tolerate.

Marcel Proust is infamous for some long sentences, which have been the subject of competitions and even artwork.


I don't see any problem with the Totalbiscuit's words. However, there is a sentence fragment in your question. :)

  • I don't see anything wrong with sentence fragments per se. However, in this case I think you've got a point. Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 20:59
  • @Michael I don't remember what he said. It was just another clause he used. It doesn't matter. I only remember the interesting bit :D
    – Dunno
    Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 11:20

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