EX: It was John who went.
=> "who" refers to John. "John" is the grammatical subject; "It", the structural subject. With expletive-It constructs, the subject (i.e., John) is delayed.
EX: It is John and Mary who are going.
=> "are" agrees in number with "who", which gets its number from its referent "John and Mary".
All the best.
Last edited by dihen; 17-Jun-2006 at 18:47.
Are resumptive adverbs also ungrammatical, like in this? :
"I'm going to the Netherlands, where I'll stay there for a week."
Originally Posted by dihen
I've heard sentences like these ones from students whose mother tongue is Greek. This is because a sentence like "the child that his mother is a teacher..." if translated word for word in Greek, is grammatically correct and widely used.
Hello DihenOriginally Posted by dihen
I would think of them as "unidiomatic in standard English".
If you were a copy-editor on a magazine, for instance, you would edit them out. (Unless they appeared in direct speech, and you wanted to retain them for the sake of "local colour".)
All the best,
Are these also incorrect?
"people that I expect them to be there"
"people that you think that they never fail"
Last edited by dihen; 01-Aug-2006 at 16:03.
It's possible that in some dialects of English, those constructions would be used; but they would both be "incorrect" in standard English, unfortunately!
Instead, you would say:
1. "...people that I expect to be there..."
2. "...people that you think never fail"
All the best,
Are these acceptable?
"the child that the mother is a teacher of"
"the book that some pages are missing of"
"the boy that I visited the sister of"
'Whose' would be the natural choice in all of those for me.
As a native speaker of British English I'd accept the first and third in speech (perhaps because the possessor is a person), and for the second I'd say "The book that has some pages missing" (or "...some missing pages").
ps 'whose' would also be fine in all three - it would just sound to me a bit too correct!
Last edited by BobK; 18-Sep-2006 at 12:28. Reason: Afterthought