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    reduced relative clause

    Hi all,

    Can I reduce this relative clause ?

    Columbus, who is discovering America, was a famous person

    Columbus, discovering America, was a famous person

    Why not ?

    Many thanks

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    Re: reduced relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi all,

    Can I reduce this relative clause ?

    Columbus, who is discovering America, was a famous person

    Columbus, discovering America, was a famous person

    Why not ?

    Many thanks
    Your use of the present participle combined with the simple past is puzzling. He was a famous person while he was in the process of discovering America? But he isn't famous any longer?

    You could say: Columbus who discovered America is a famous person.
    It's more natural to say: Columbus is famous for discovering America.

    PS You should probably say "the New World" or "the Americas".

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    Re: reduced relative clause

    Hi, thanks,

    how about reducing ''who was discovering America '' ?


    Columbus, who was discovering America, was a famous person

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    Re: reduced relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi, thanks,

    how about reducing ''who was discovering America '' ?


    Columbus, who was discovering America, was a famous person
    Did you read my response above? In its entirety?

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