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    Is the clause correct?

    Anybody helps me with the following sentence.

    He is only a kid, which/that makes it impossible for him to finish it.

    Can "which" or "that" lead the clause, referring to the whole sentence in front of them? In this case, he is only a kid.

    If they can, what kind of clause this is?

    Thanks!


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    Re: Is the clause correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Somenobody View Post
    Anybody helps me with the following sentence.

    He is only a kid, which/that makes it impossible for him to finish it.

    Can "which" or "that" lead the clause, referring to the whole sentence in front of them? In this case, he is only a kid.

    If they can, what kind of clause this is?

    Thanks!
    In this case, "that" is a demonstrative pronoun, so it is the subject of the verb "makes." That means that the expression
    "He is only a kid, that makes it impossible for him to finish it" is now just a run-on sentence.

    These are all correct, using "that"
    > "He's only a kid, and that makes it impossible for him to finish it."
    > "He's only a kid; that makes it impossible for him to finish it."
    > "He's only a kid. That makes it impossible for him to finish it."

    You could say
    "His age is the factor that (or "which") makes it impossible for him to finish it."

    "He is only a kid, which makes it impossible for him to finish it" is correct.

    This kind of vague or overly general and inclusive referent for "which" or "that" is often criticized.


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    Re: Is the clause correct?

    Thanks a lot! It is really helpful!

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