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Questions tagged [relative-pronouns]

Relative pronouns introduce relative clauses that clarify or specify the antecedent. For example, in "Trees, which are plants, need sunlight to grow," the word "which" is a relative pronoun.

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“Of” and Relative Pronouns

I wonder whether the following sentences are correct: The two strands of economic theory, which are used in this article, are endogenous growth and spread-backwash effects. The two strands, which ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say: “We heard a boy who was crying because he lost his ball”

I came across this sentence ""We heard a boy who was crying because he lost his ball" and I have doubts about the use of the relative pronoun "who" after the verb of perception "hear". So, can "hear" ...
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Is “that which” grammatical in the sentence “I have that which I should have told you summers ago”, and if so, how?

This is my first question although I have been reading you for a long time. My question is: can that which be used with the meaning of something? For me, that is a demonstrative pronoun, so you can ...
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Using which or where to refer to place

A student I have been volunteering with wrote the following in his essay: We really enjoyed the cruise and also the islands where we visited last week. To my ear the use of where doesn't sound ...
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You are too concerned with what was and what will be

Here's a quote from the movie 'Kung Fu Panda': Quit. Don't quit. Noodles. Don't noodles. You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There's a saying: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a ...
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Why some prepositions are inserted before the relative noun, others are not? [closed]

For example: 1.This is the book about which I know nothing 2.this is the person who he likes.
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Can I delete the relative pronoun here?

I want to say, "For the ones who I care and who cares about you." Is this admittable to say like this? And I have one more question to ask. Can I say, "for the ones I care and who cares about you"?...
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Can the relative word 'what' mean “the person(s) that/who”? If so, when can it and when can it not?

The fused relative word 'what' generally means "the thing(s) that/which". But there are some instances where this 'what' seems to refer to "person(s)" as in these examples: (1) From a Bustle article ...
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restrictive relative pronoun clause and antecedent

The Plaintiff claims that the Defendant, MICHAEL DOE, owed a duty to the Plaintiff, which duty was breached by the said Defendant, the particulars of which breach are as follows: (a) driving ...
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Usage of Prepositions + Relative Pronouns

I am going crazy because of prepositions + relative pronouns. Here are some examples and please read and tell me if in the way that I have understood is right or not. (1) Do you know the date when ...
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What does “that” refer to in “Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables…”?

What does the word "that" in the sentence refer to? Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply digital filters to it...
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What is a relative pronoun's referent when it follows a prepositional phrase?

For example: Stella Adler trained several generations of actors who include Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. Does who in this example refer to actors or generations? Stella Adler trained several ...
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Did prescriptivists make up pied-piping in relative infinitive constructions?

A quick Internet search suggests that pied-piping in relative clauses was a natural feature of English even though it is loved by prescriptivists; it existed in older stages of the language, and it ...
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Does a relative pronoun really combine the function of a pronoun with that of a conjunction?

Oxford Living Dictionaries defines 'relative pronoun' as follows: (Originally) a pronoun which refers to an antecedent, as a demonstrative or personal pronoun; (now) specifically a pronoun which ...
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Omitting which is?

When I was writing an essay, I thought about saying: "There is nothing that is more important than . . ." , then I googled it, but it appears the following sentence is more popular. "There is ...
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Identifying the main clause and subordinate clauses

I’m preparing for my exam and in one of the practice questions i have to identify the main clause, subordinate clause/s and the subject,predicate and/or adverbials. the sentence is: "The Mausoleum ...
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My understanding about the non-restrictive use of the relative clause in a partcular sentence

Almost every chinese who works at an iPhone manifacture in China usually uses a china-produced phone, which is way cheaper. I just want to make sure if my understanding especially about the non-...
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Subject verb agreement when “one of” used

Are these two sentences correct? One of the employees who is worker at KP is here. One of the employees who are workers at KP is here. What is the context of who in both the sentences?
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The 'what' problem

'What seems enjoyable to you seems troublesome to me' I have a problem with 'what'. I know 'what' in the sentence is a pronoun but I can't figure out what type of pronoun it's supposed to be. I do ...
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What exactly falls under the label of “complement”?

There seems to be a lot of contradicting beliefs out there regarding complements and what they cover -- or maybe I am just confusing myself. However, I cannot seem to find an answer that I understand. ...
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which or who in “the body, authority, entity or person which establishes”

... the body, authority, entity or person which establishes... Is it correct to use "which" in this case? Or should it rather be "who", since the last element of the list is a person?
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How do complements, relative pronouns, and conjunctions correlate?

I have searched the site a lot and still have yet to find an answer that helps me understand how complements, relative pronouns, and conjunctions correlate. I have seen a few articles that talk ...
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Can the relative pronoun “where” be omitted in a relative clause with the preposition “in”? [duplicate]

Can the following sentences: It's the church where the painting burned./It's the church in which the painting burned. be transformed so that they do not contain the pronoun which/where in the ...
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“whose” and “of which”

I have a question about the usage of "whose" and "of which". I have learned that a. Do you see the mountain whose top is covered with snow? and b. Do you see the mountain the top of which is ...
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Here’s the note which I think (that?) he said (that?) she wrote

Is the following sentence grammatical? "Here’s the note which I think that he said that she wrote" Otherwise, I suspect neither that should appear, am I right?
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Is “I am who(m) God made me” grammatical?

SAH asked an interesting question about case, I am [who/whom] G-d made me, but one issue that came up in the comments repeatedly is that many people said that they find the example sentence ...
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Relative pronoun, the use of comma, and subject verb agreement

Ex. There are many interesting stories attached to the drink, which exclusively belong to the brand only. Is above sentence correct? Or it should be Ex. There are many interesting stories attached ...
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dislocation with 'whoever' or 'whatever'

CaGEL* has this section on 'dislocation' (Page 1411): Can the dislocated NP be in the form of a fused relative construction headed by 'whoever' or 'whatever'? Specifically, in the following set of ...
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What vs. which as relative pronouns in relative clauses

When are you supposed to use "what" vs. "which" as a relative pronoun in a relative clause? According to Purdue's Online Writing Lab: The most common relative pronouns are who/whom, whoever/...
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Syntax of fused relative construction with 'what'

I really liked what she wrote. According to CaGEL* (Page 1073), what she wrote is not a clause but a noun phrase (NP). The reason I believe is that the head of what she wrote is not the clause she ...
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Distinction between “what” as interrogative pronoun vs. relative pronoun

Example 1. Do you know what I mean? Example 2. They were once students, so they know what you're going through. I learned that 'what' in Ex.1 is an interrogative pronoun and 'what' in Ex.2 is a ...
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Can a word function as a relative adverb and a relative pronoun simultaneously?

For example in a sentence like "This is the place where he was murdered", is where functioning as both a relative adverb and a relative pronoun? Here where acts as pronoun as it refers back to its ...
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Relative Clause in complex sentences [duplicate]

The woman whose pizza won the contest looked incredibly happy. Would this be considered grammatically correct syntax as a sentence with a relative clause or would the sentence be with the right ...
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Can a noun be both a subject and an object at the same time?

John Knight, who/whom I spoke to yesterday, seemed to be rather irritable. In this sentence, John Knight is an object because I (the subject) am speaking to him; however, he is also a subject since ...
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Preposition + relative clause - “This is the house about which I told you.”

This is the house about which I told you. In the above sentence, the relative pronoun "which" is considered to be the prepositional complement of the preposition "about". 1.) If the relative pronoun ...
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Is it “That's the family that is moving in…” or “That's (they're?) the family who is (are?) moving in…”?

I know that 'who' refers to people and 'that' refers to things. But what about when the thing IS people, such as a family? Would I say, "That's the family that is moving in next door soon.", or "That'...
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Help with punctuation in non-restrictive clauses

Would someone be kind enough to tell me whether the sentence below is OK, considering that 'fashioned' is a past tense verb, 'believe' is a present tense verb, and refuse' is also a present tense verb....
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Using 'that' to refer to a clause

I was studying about the uses of that where I stumbled upon this common mistake pertinent to the use of 'that'. For e.g: The goalkeeper blocked two penalty kicks in the second half, and that ...
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grammaticality of “unlike which”

is it correct the use of "unlike which" in a sentence such as "..., therefore a is superficially identical to b (unlike which, a can be paraphrased with ..." meaning despite the similarity, a ...
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Relative pronouns “where” and “when”: where can they be omitted?

I know the "omitting-rules" regarding the relative pronouns who/which/that and whose. How does it work with where and when? In the first sentence I cannot omit where but I can easily omit when in the ...
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usage of relative pronoun

Can you please why author used "there" instead of "this" or "these" in the second sentence( first word)? Thanks for the help :) Dickie is here developing a direction pointed to in the other (and ...
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reduction of relative clause

if the statement is " the man who is wearing pants is my friend" we can say "the man wearing pants is my friend" if the statement is "the man who works in the shop is my friend" we can say "the man ...
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Is there an easy and succinct way to say this? (question regarding the relative pronoun: who/whom)

Say I wanted to shorten the phrase "It's on the back of the man who is over there" so that the first clause becomes "the man's back." Is there any way to move from there with any kind of conjunction? ...
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most of whose was from

Oxford Modern English Grammar (OMEG) by Bas Aarts has these passages on page 52: ... ... ... ... Sentence (40) is apparently taken from an Independent article "How Tuna Conquered ...
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Can “whose” be used in this context? [closed]

I chose "that" for this sentence and my teacher said "whose" is the correct answer. I thought that "whose" can just be used for human or animals. Q: The west area of the country was one of the famous ...
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Some odd omission of 'who'? [closed]

I was reading this article on The Washington Post today and there is a sentence I cannot quite understand: Leon Trotsky had escaped from Siberian exile was to be found in Viennese coffee shops; ...
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How can one correctly use a relative pronoun in this case?

This is my sentence example: A gives access to the decomposition of B, which is given by C. What I want to convey is that B is given by C. And not A, nor B and nor decomposition. How do I achieve ...
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“…will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together” [duplicate]

With a two-party system, our nation will divide the people (who/whom) most need to be brought together. Do I use who or whom for this sentence? I think that "people" is the direct object and ...
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How to use “that”

The following passage comes from a CNN article: Ryan's comments come as one senior House GOP member told CNN enough House Republicans are likely to agree to a push for legislation that would ban ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “peoples who” or “peoples which”?

I am very confused if I should use the pronoun "who" or "which" when referring to nations. Here is the quote: This was partly due to diseases, but it was also due to the African peoples, who/which ...