Is either of these forms more accurate than the other, do they share the same implication?


A diagram that represents the movement of the ball.


A diagram representing the movement of the ball.

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They are equivalent. the second line is the reduced relative clause of the first line.

  • Thank you. My search terms were off enough that I couldn't quite get to reduced relative clause.
    – plast1k
    Dec 12, 2017 at 17:16
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    @plast1k I'd avoid the term 'reduced relative clause' since it's a misnomer. Relative clauses are virtually always finite, whereas the second example is non-finite. It has the same meaning as the first, of course, but it's syntactically different in that it's a gerund-participial clause, not a relative one.
    – BillJ
    Dec 12, 2017 at 17:31

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