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    Smile adjective clause

    How to combine the following three sentences into one?

    (1) Peter was excited.
    (2) Peter greeted his friends with a warm smile.
    (3) He had not seen his friends for a long time.

    Peter was so excited, with a warm smile, that he greeted his old friends who had not seen for a long time.

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    Re: adjective clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    How to combine the following three sentences into one?

    (1) Peter was excited.
    (2) Peter greeted his friends with a warm smile.
    (3) He had not seen his friends for a long time.

    Peter was so excited, with a warm smile, that he greeted his old friends who had not seen for a long time.
    Do you mean that Peter greeted his friends because he was excited and had a warm smile. It doesn't sound very likely.
    Why not try for a sentence that is more realistic?

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    Smile Re: adjective clause

    I try to rewrite the sentences as written. Are they acceptable?

    (1) Peter was excited because he had not seen his friends for a long time. So he greeted them with a warm smile.

    (2) Peter was excited to meet his friends who he had not seen for a long time. He greeted them with a warm smile.

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    Re: adjective clause

    Here is one possibility:
    1. Peter, excited to meet his friends who he had not seen for a long time, greeted them with a warm smile.

    Either of these is better:

    2. Peter, excited to see his friends, who he had not seen for a long time, greeted them with a warm smile.

    3. Peter, excited to see the friends (who/that) he had not seen for a long time, greeted them with a warm smile.

    In #2, who he had not seen for a long time is a non-defining clause; it gives more information about his friends.

    In #3, (who/that) he had not seen for a long time is a defining relative clause; it tells us which friends he was excited to see.

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