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    Default a sentence without a connection?

    The example sentence:

    Women have entered the labour force in large numbers, a fact which has strongly affected the personal lives of people of both sexes.


    At first, I would like to put a number into the two sentence like below.
    1) Women have entered the labour force in large numbers
    2) a fact which has strongly affected the personal lives of people of both sexes.

    It doesn't have a connection word like 'although', 'because', 'and', 'but' etc. I wonder How I can understand the relation between 1) and 2).

    Please give me the answer.

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    Default Re: a sentence without a connection?

    Hello, atssarbia

    ******* Not A Teacher *******

    The sentence below might help you understand your problem.

    Every year the Christmas shopping season seems to start earlier, a fact which many people find hard to stomach.  (from Longman Language Activator)

    1) Every year the Christmas shopping season seems to start earlier,
    2) a fact which many people find hard to stomach.

    1) explains 2). That is: 1) is a fact which ……. The same idea can be applied to your case. This must be the relation (= connection), I think.

    Kazuo

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    Default Re: a sentence without a connection?

    Quote Originally Posted by atssarbia View Post
    The example sentence:

    Women have entered the labour force in large numbers, a fact which has strongly affected the personal lives of people of both sexes.


    At first, I would like to put a number into the two sentence like below.
    1) Women have entered the labour force in large numbers
    2) a fact which has strongly affected the personal lives of people of both sexes.

    It doesn't have a connection word like 'although', 'because', 'and', 'but' etc. I wonder How I can understand the relation between 1) and 2).

    Please give me the answer.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, atssarbia.

    (1) You are correct: there is no conjunction.

    (2) A fact which has ....both sexes = those words are in apposition with the whole sentence ("Women... in large numbers").

    (3) Most native speakers would probably leave out "a fact":

    Women have entered the labor force in large numbers, which has affected the lives of both sexes. ("which" = which fact)

    (a) "which" is interpreted as a relative pronoun that refers to the whole main sentence ("Women ...large numbers").

    (b) This is a nice way of writing one sentence instead of two:

    Women have entered the labor force in large numbers. This (fact) has affected the lives of both sexes.

    Thank you.

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