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    Default Reduction of Which

    The book which I like is on the table.

    Can we leave out which in this sentence?

    The book I like is on the table.

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    The book which I like is on the table.

    Can we leave out which in this sentence?

    The book I like is on the table.
    Yes you can. In the original sentence "that" would be better than "which". The sentence without either is fine.

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    Why can we? Is the book not the subject of the sentence?

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    I is the subject of this sentence , the book is direct object

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    If we ask what is on the table? I?

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    Quote Originally Posted by meee View Post
    I is the subject of this sentence , the book is direct object
    No, that is wrong.
    'book' is the subject.

    Volcano, you are asking why we can delete "that". Why not tell us why you think we can't.
    "The book that I like ..." > "The book I like ... " is probably one of the simplest cases of leaving out the relative pronoun (that) I can think of.

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    Default Re: Reduction of Which

    In simple sentences such as this the relative pronoun can be left out Brevity is increasingly preferred in modern English owing to paucity of space and reader time but not at the cost of confusion of the meaning intended

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