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I have these two sentences:

"All of them knew the criminals by sight. The local police arrested them."

If you were asked to join them using a relative clause, how would you do it? all of them is the part to substitute with a relative pronoun.

I think:

"The local police, who knew the criminals by sight, arrested them."

is correct.

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    Who exactly are all of them? Are they the police or not? And who are them in the second sentence? I mean the sentence could be, The local police arrested all those who knew the criminals by sight. – WS2 Apr 14 '16 at 18:34
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    all of them is referred to the police. – Peg60 Apr 14 '16 at 18:38
  • in the second sentence them is referred to the criminals. – Peg60 Apr 14 '16 at 18:38
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    In that case your sentence is fine. But, the part in quotation marks should begin with a capital letter. – WS2 Apr 14 '16 at 18:40
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    @WS2 I agree. It's confusing. Without any context, my initial assumption is that "them" in both sentences has the same antecedent. Another possible answer: All of them knew the criminals whom the local police arrested by sight. – phoog Apr 14 '16 at 19:11

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