Questions tagged [relative-clauses]

Relative clauses are clauses starting with the relative pronouns who*, that, which, whose, where, when. They are most often used to define or identify the noun that precedes them.

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Is the relative clause used correctly here?

Get a first-hand feel for the Nomad life with the knowledge that this team has a wealth of experience in dealing with international visitors. Is the part that this team has a wealth of experience ...
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Repeating relative pronouns

Is it generally permissible to repeat relative pronouns regardless of the type of pronoun and regardless of the relative clause being restrictive or not? What I mean by that can be seen in the ...
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Could a relative clause modify an adverbial phrase?

When my trunks slipped down, she got to know me a little more up close and personal that we were ready for at that moment. For me the relative clause "that we were ready for" is the modifier of the ...
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Do I need a comma in this instance?

"For this activity, you will need age-appropriate books or books in your child’s grade level."
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Is this participle clause sentence correct? [closed]

How do you think about this sentence? Is it ok grammatically? Having been in shape, I go to gym twice a week. `
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Grammaticality of “On which hand it is worn should not make the slightest difference”

We are essentially creatures of habit. If you have any question about this, just transfer your wristwatch to the other hand. Even though it should not make the slightest difference on which hand it is ...
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“the first time (that/when)” + Future

As I understand, the next that-clauses are relative clauses. Therefore, in accordance with rules: 1a. It will be the first time that I see her. - incorrect 1b. It will be the first time that I ...
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Does the word “that” refer to “features” or “windows 9x”?

Microsoft built a number of features into Windows 9x that allow previous users of DOS and Windows 3.x to capitalize on their investment and that allow technicians access to DOS-based troubleshooting....
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Does the word “that” refer to “your car” or “the key”?

I have found the key to your car that you lost yesterday.
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To use a clause, an infinitive or a participle?

What's the difference between the three expressions, and how to correctly use each of them? He is the only one who meets our criteria. He is the only one to meet our criteria. He is the only one ...
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How to recognize what something is paratactic to? And preposition reduction(?)

I am a student in linguistic English studies(so not fully native therefore sorry for any grammar mistakes) and we are currently learning about clause complexes by Halliday. I have problem ...
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'Until which' as relative clause

These dangerous goods, until which are delivered to the place of storage, must be packed inside shock-absorbing materials. Does this sound wrong or hard to be comprehended? If it does, what's the ...
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Relative clause “which” and “that” - what is the difference in this case?

Found this in my 9th-grade sister’s English textbook. Fill the blank with a relative clause. The movie ( ) I saw yesterday was good. That is the chair ( ) I made yesterday. The answer for 1. ...
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Can preposition “to” be omitted in this case

Aston Martin’s IPO will provide further clues to which category ultra-expensive carmakers really belong. its context:economist Grammatically,you need to have " clues to which..." and " to which.....
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What part of speech is “the closest” in this case? [duplicate]

What is the closest you've ever come to losing your life? (From : https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-closest-youve-ever-come-to-losing-your-life) Apparently, it comes from the construction "come ...
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How would you divide this relative clause? [closed]

I'm an English teacher. There is a point I couldn't decide. In order to teach the relative clauses to my students better, I plan to divide them into two clauses. How would you divide this sentence? "...
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The way which you should hold them

The Cambridge Grammar of the english Language, page 224, reads Complements are most often NPs, and conversely NPs are usually complements. Some NPs can occur with adjunct function, but they tend ...
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What is the grammatical function of “which” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand various instances in Hansard, the documentation of proceedings in the UK parliament, wherein the word which is used in an unusual (by my modern parlance, at least) position, ...
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Non defining or defining relative clause?

"I've a labrador that has one eye." Hi guys, is "that has one eye" a non-defining or defining relative clause here? Suppose I only have one labrador, is "that has one eye" nonessential additional ...
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Relative pronoun with two objects

As far as i know a relative sentence can be made with two objects. Like this: for whom we do favors. But if i go through this procedure, then below sentence is made. We do people favors. -> people ...
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Passive voice in (object) relative clause with infinitive sub-clause: “…that you would like to be mentioned.”

I was writing this sentence and then it occurred to me that it probably isn't right and might be a case of a dangling modifier: Is there any topic [that] you would like (to?) be mentioned here? With ...
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antecedent for “which” [duplicate]

Fridges were especially useful for storing perishable substances such as milk, which had previously been the cause of thousands of deaths every year in the big cities of the world. In the above ...
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With which meaning [closed]

"The mechanism with which growth is controlled is called the limiter". What is the meaning of "with which" in this sentence?
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Using “for” in clauses

Is there any problem with this sentence? If any, how can I make it correct? "Social Security Institution is in charge of, authorized and responsible for the collection of the Fund premiums, and the ...
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a relative pronoun/adverb as an adverbial

He collects some cars that are antique. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the subject of “are” here. This is the letter (that) my mother sent me. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the ...
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The subject-verb agreement with existential 'there' in a relative clause

So I was reading the urban dictionary for the definition of the term 'LibLabCon', and the entry seemed grammatically correct: LibLabCon is a phrase used by Britons who hold the belief that there is ...
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Comma between two embedded relative clauses introduced by a verb, starting with relative pronouns, and connected with a conjunction?

Consider the following sentence: But the question of how to make sure that software is written effectively(,) and at the same time that it works correctly in all cases is bothering many software ...
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“is” vs “was”… relative clause edition?

I was doing some exercises when this sentence cropped up: I met him in May and it was then that I fell in love with him. So I'd to rewrite this like this: I met him in May, which was when I ...
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Is it a correct sentence? ('How' sentence) [closed]

'Your back won't hurt if you sit how I sit.' 'You shouldn't treat him how you treat your friends.' Both are correct grammatically?
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Implicit “that/which is/are” in nonrestrictive relative clause

Is it grammatically correct to leave off "that is" or "which is" in a nonrestrictive relative clause? Is there a term for this? Is this actually a different phenomenon? It (sometimes?) seems to apply ...
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Which-clause functioning adverbially

I saw a post on another forum that sparked an interesting though-process for myself. Can which-clauses such as the one I am about to show example for be considered adverbial? The reason I ask is that ...
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parsing a relative clause “the gravitas she felt was appropriate to her office”

I came across the following sentence: The head of the committee never failed to carry herself with the gravitas she felt was appropriate to her office. I feel that this construction came from "...
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Is this relative clause correct? [closed]

I came across the following weird restrictive relative clause in which 'of which' is used in place of 'whose'. Actually, l am not quite sure whether it is correct or not. The plane (the right engine ...
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appositive relative clause or adjunct of reason/cause?

In the syntactic analysis of the following sentence I doubt: "They then took the matter to a three-person jury of appeal, specially convened to hear the protest" The last part in bold (speacially ...
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Relative clause - “…one of those people who make” or “makes”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is not one of those people who make/makes you angry Does "make" refer to "one"? Is there a possibility that "make" refers to "people"? Can it be something relative?
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“I saw the girl, who is standing outside our house”

I was having a conversation with my mom about this one sentence. Which option is grammatically correct? a) I saw the girl who is standing outside our house b) I saw the girl who was standing ...
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Romeo and Juliet “Which then most sought where most might not be found” [closed]

In the following excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, what do the words "which" and "most" refer to? Does the relative clause have a main verb at all? “I, measuring his affections by my own, which then ...
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“Which” or “what” or … when referring to a main clause?

There are many answered questions that address the usage of "which" and "what" on this site—many of them marked as duplicates—and there is even a specific tag for this topic. But I could ...
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What does the phrase “it has been” mean in the sentence?

I came across a headline on a website yesterday, saying: "Razer Huntsman Elite is the cheapest it has been in the UK, at £158." I think I can roughly understand the sentence (Razer Huntsman Elite ...
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Is 'unsightly experience' correct way of explaining seeing some ugly thing [closed]

I would like to know if I say ' I had an unsightly experience on my morning walk today', would this sound correct? I want to explain how I saw something so ugly on my walk today that it ruined my ...
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“Why is it that…” relative clause? [closed]

It would be great if someone could explain this sentence structure to me: "Why is it that you don't like me?" I don't understand how all of the components come together. What is the link between it ...
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Does this sentence “it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read.” make sense? [closed]

Does the following sentence make sense grammatically or practically? Can I use it as it is without any correlation? "it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read."
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Past participle of stand

I'm new to this community, I hope the question fits this somewhat. Say we have a sentence: The tree which stands in the garden is beautiful. Now using participle construction this becomes: The ...
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use of the relative adverb “where” - a case where

Can I use a relative adverb "where" when "case" or "instance" is an antecedent? "case" and "instance" is not a location, but I have seen "a case where" and "an instance where" a lot.
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“We” vs. “Us” at the beginning of an objective clause

Do I write, "For we who are getting old..." or "For us who are getting old..." I know that "us" is the objective pronoun, but which do I use when the pronoun begins a clause that is the object of a ...
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Is my comma usage correct in this sentence?

"When there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, too much heat is trapped from the Sun’s light rays, dramatically increasing the global temperature."
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Do you put a comma after an introductory clause if it's a part of a dependent clause?

E.g. I knew that although he had a problem we could still work through it. ` OR I knew that although he had a problem, we could still work through it. Usually, when using conjunctive adverbs, ...
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Convention or grammatical reason for commas around non-identifying relative clauses

Is there any grammatical reason why non-identifying relative clauses are separated by commas or is it simply a convention?
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Can you always replace “that that” with “which that”?

At least I haven't yet been able to imagine a context in which there is a clear semantic difference between "that that" and "which that". No hardware warnings, either. I've always been a bit troubled ...
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Confusion Between Which vs That [duplicate]

I am having a doubt between the usage of which and that. Which one of the following is correct and why? The cougar is a member of the cat family that grows around 8 feet in length. or The cougar ...

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