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    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    I can understand the case where which refers to the whole main clause.

    But Let's return to our first example.
    1) In the morning she received a letter. The letter upset her.

    Could you suggest a sentence where which is an object?

    Michael
    You'll need to rephrase the sentence:

    The letter, which she received in the morning, upset her.
    In the morning she received a letter, which (= receiving the letter) upset her.


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    Don't let us change the task:
    she received A letter.

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    Default Re: Defining/non-defining clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    I can understand the case where which refers to the whole main clause.

    But Let's return to our first example.
    1) In the morning she received a letter. The letter upset her.

    Could you suggest a sentence where which is an object?

    Michael
    do you mean with the same elements? or another sentence ?
    she was upset by a letter which she received in the morning ( defining cl)
    which object

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    Default Re: Defining/non-defining clauses

    I suppose it is non-defining, as I can remove the relative close and put a full stop.
    But then it looks equal to the relative clause that means the fact of receiving a letter.

    Can it be a non-defining one? It does not identify anything (the article is indefinite), and it doesn't classify anything because she received just a letter, not a certan kind of letters.

    So I'm trying to examine this question.

    Michael

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