1. There's the room; not in the room is the man.

I want to replace the semicolon with a comma and make the second sentence a relative clause. Is it okay to change it as:

  1. There's the room, not in which is the man.

Surely, it's obvious that it would be perfectly grammatical to change it as:

  1. There's the room, in which the man isn't.

However, I want to kind of put some emphasis on not.
In this case, which sentence would be more acceptable or appropriate?

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    There is the room the man is not in. / There is the room the man isn't in. Commented May 15, 2015 at 12:09

2 Answers 2


Grammatically, # 2 is fine, but stylistically, it's awkward, though whether that matters or not depends on the context in which you're using it.


I think perhaps it should be

There's the room; the man is not in the room.

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