Questions tagged [reduced-relative-clauses]

A relative clause can be reduced by removing a complementizer or explicit relative pronoun. For example, "that" can be dropped in "it's the person [that] I saw" to create a reduced relative clause.

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Omit relative pronoun while connecting two relative clauses

The value of function f(x)=ax+b is positive when x is positive where a is non-negative real number and where b is positive integer. Is there any difference as I omit the second "where" as ...
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Syntactic Tests for Reduced Relative Clauses

In a sentence such as Lionel Messi, 34, now plays for PSG a reduced relative clause can be readily seen, and I can put back what has been omitted: Lionel Messi, who is 34, plays for PSG But in ...
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The definition of 'clause' in modern grammar: construction vs function

Most modern grammars recognize verbless clauses such as the boy on the roof in (1) and on the roof in (2): (1) With the boy on the roof, they feared he might jump off it. (2) When on the roof, he ...
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Why can you use relative clauses with implicit complementisers or relative pronouns?

Why are these correct? The work I am doing is easy. The house he lives at. The book I am writing is about different realms. The man I was helping thanked me. The ant I was blocking the road of. ...
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Does omitting a relative pronoun change the meaning?

One of my students asked me if omitting relative pronouns like "that" changes the meaning of the sentence. Here's the issue, in the books I have read mention that in spoken English (assuming ...
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why is an infinitive used in "copies of his own previous writings, **to include** Summary View, "? [duplicate]

From American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis: Even if we take Jefferson at his word, that he did not copy sections of the Declaration from any particular books, he ...
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When is it not possible to reduce relative clauses to participle phrases?

While "The woman who lived next door was a doctor" can be reduced to "The woman living next door was a doctor", the sentence "The woman who called me was a doctor" cannot be reduced to "The ...
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Implicit 'which is', 'which are'

A new study has shown that millions of pieces of junk floating in space could be a big hazard for satellites orbiting Earth. Is there an implicit 'which are' in front of floating in space? Why is '...
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