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    Default reduced relative clause

    Are there any mistakes in the following sentence?

    The man sitting in the corner stood up and left the room.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komissarovk View Post
    Are there any mistakes in the following sentence?

    The man sitting in the corner stood up and left the room.

    Thanks in advance.
    It's a correct sentence.

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    Default Re: reduced relative clause

    How about this:

    The milk-woman sitting on the porch went to milk the cow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komissarovk View Post
    How about this:

    The milk-woman sitting on the porch went to milk the cow.
    Yes, that's fine too.

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    Excuse me, sir, for being so persistent, but could you proofread one more sentence of the type:

    The picture hanging here has disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komissarovk View Post
    Excuse me, sir, for being so persistent, but could you proofread one more sentence of the type:

    The picture hanging here has disappeared.
    The picture (that is) hanging here has disappeared.

    You may delete the relative pronoun and the 'be' verb when the main verb in the relative clause is progressive.


    The picture (that is) hanging here has disappeared. Matrix clause

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    The picture (that is) hanging here has disappeared.

    You may delete the relative pronoun and the 'be' verb when the main verb in the relative clause is progressive.
    Here is what I meant:
    Of course, we can use a clause:
    The picture that was hanging here has disappeared.

    But we know that sometimes a relative clause can be reduced. So my question was whether it is possible to do it with this sentence and say 'The picute hanging here has disappeard' without distorting the meaning of the sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komissarovk View Post

    The picture hanging here has disappeared.
    This sentence does not make sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komissarovk View Post
    Here is what I meant:
    Of course, we can use a clause:
    The picture that was hanging here has disappeared.

    But we know that sometimes a relative clause can be reduced. So my question was whether it is possible to do it with this sentence and say 'The picute hanging here has disappeard' without distorting the meaning of the sentence.
    No, in this case the omitted phrase has to be "that was", which isn't omitted.
    The picture that was hanging here has disappeared.
    The same objection could be made for the first two sentences, except that there's no cause to question the meaning. This is a question of pragmatics, not syntax.

    The "which was" clause in the following can be reduced and still leave an arguably comprehensible sentence.
    The picture hanging to the left of the Mona Lisa was stolen last night.

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