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    reduced relative clauses

    Hi,

    Kids, I will tell you a story which has not been told by your elders.

    Could you please tell me how to reduce this relative clause? I am giving two examples to you to check.

    -Kids, I will tell you a story untold by your elders.

    -Kids, I will tell you a story not told by your elders.

    Are they OK?

    Thanks.

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    Re: reduced relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Kids, I will tell you a story which has not been told by your elders.

    Could you please tell me how to reduce this relative clause? I am giving two examples to you to check.

    -Kids, I will tell you a story untold by your elders.

    -Kids, I will tell you a story not told by your elders.

    Are they OK?

    Thanks.
    Yes, they're both OK. For some reason I'd prefer the second if the elders didn't know the story. If the elders knew the story but didn't tell it, I might use the first.

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    Re: reduced relative clauses


    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    -Kids, I will tell you a story untold by your elders.

    -Kids, I will tell you a story not told by your elders.
    "Elders" isn’t correct unless you mean senior members of certain churches or tribes.

    More: go here please, post # 5.

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    Re: reduced relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    ***NOT A TEACHER***


    "Elders" isn’t correct unless you mean senior members of certain churches or tribes.

    More: go here please, post # 5.
    That's not quite true. "Respect your elders" means "Respect people older than you".

    elder - definition of elder by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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