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  1. Ampaiwan
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    Reduce Clauses

    Dear Teacher,
    I am from Thailand. I would be very much appreciate if you could explain about the easy rule of reducing clauses. It is very hard to remember.

    I very much appreciate your kindness.
    Ampaiwan

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    Re: Reduce Clauses

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    I didn't know that there was an easy rule for reducing clauses, Ampaiwan, but generally the relative pronoun and auxilary verbs or 'be' forms can be omitted, as well as some conjunctions:

    The man [who is] sitting next to me is as bald as an egg.
    [While I was] sitting on the bench, I peeled an orange.
    [Having been]once bitten, he was twice shy.
    My barber, [who has]never [been] a shirker, cuts hair 14 hours a day.

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