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    #1

    relative clause

    Hello,

    Could you please check my sentences?

    1) The girl who will visit here is my girlfriend. (It is correct)

    2)Is it your girlfriend who will visit here? (It is correct)

    My question is how can we make a sentence to learn whether the girl will come here or not? (with relative clause)

    3) Could you fix my sentence i will write : The girl who will come here is your girlfriend?

    (I want to learn that I know she is your girl friend but I want to ask if she will come or not.
    How can we make it?

    The second question is:

    How many people who speak English are there?

    I don't know how many people who speak English are there.

    Are they correct?

    The third question is:

    Who is here? (It is correct)

    I don't know who is here
    or
    i dont know who here is?

    Which one?

    Thanks
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    #2

    Re: relative clause

    We rarely say "come here" unless it's in the imperative mood. We would just use "come" or "stay" or "visit" without a phrasal complement. But they're not incorrect. Just not the most natural sentences. Also, girlfriend is usually just one word.

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    #3

    Re: relative clause

    My question is about the sentence structure.Please

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    Re: relative clause

    1) The girl who will visit here is my girlfriend. (It is correct)

    2) Is it your girlfriend who will visit here? (It is correct)

    My question is how can we make a sentence to learn whether the girl will come here or not? (with relative clause)

    3) Could you fix my sentence i will write : The girl who will come here is your girl friend?

    (I want to learn that I know she is your girl friend but I want to ask if she will come or not.
    How can we make it?

    Sorry, your question is still a bit ambiguous. I think you mean that you already know that she is the girlfriend; you just want to know if she will come. In that case, you would simply say, 'Will your girlfriend come?' or 'Will your girlfriend be coming?' or 'Will your girlfriend come here?'

    The second question is:

    How many people who speak English are there?

    I don't know how many people who speak English are there.

    Are they correct?

    They are grammatically correct, but ambiguous when standing alone. Not clear whether you want to know the total number of English speakers worldwide or just the number of English speakers in a certain place (There). Better to be specific about the place unless this information can be understood from the greater context. 'How many people are there worldwide who speak English?' or 'How many people worldwide speak English?' Or, if you are asking about a certain place, then you should mention that place: 'How many people in Spain speak English?'

    In a spoken conversational context, it might go something like this: Jim- "I'm taking a new job in Spain." Joe- "Oh? How many people who speak English are there?"

    The third question is:

    Who is here? (It is correct)

    I don't know who is here
    or
    i dont know who here is?

    Which one?

    Your first example is correct. Second is incorrect unless it's some very obscure situation, in which case the word 'here' would need to be capitalized. For example, I live in China, and one fairly common sirname is pronounced like the English word 'huh' but it's often written as 'Her', so one might encounter the sentence, "I don't know who Her is." From this, one might imagine a person with the name 'Here', and then your second example could be correct if 'Here' is capitalized. BTW, If you think a name Here is too unlikely, let will tell you I have a young friend who took the English name of Carrot, and I once heard about a young woman with the name Total Ho!
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    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by lindadanca View Post
    Hello,

    Could you please check my sentences?

    1) The girl who will visit here is my girlfriend. (It is correct)

    2) Is it your girlfriend who will visit here? (It is correct)

    My question is how can we make a sentence to learn whether the girl will come here or not? (with relative clause)

    3) Could you fix my sentence i will write : The girl who will come here is your girlfriend?

    (I want to learn that I know she is your girl friend but I want to ask if she will come or not.
    How can we make construct it this question?

    If you already know that the person is the girlfriend but you just want to know if she will come or not, then just ask "Is your girlfriend coming?"
    If you're not sure if she's the girlfriend, then you would ask "Is the girl who's coming here your girlfriend?"


    The second question is:

    How many people who speak English are there?
    We would normally construct it as "How many people are there who speak English?" or "How many English speakers are there?"

    I don't know how many people who speak English are there.
    I don't know how many people there are who speak English.
    I don't know how many people speak English.



    Are they correct?

    The third question is:

    Who is here? (It is correct)

    I don't know who is here = Correct.
    or
    I dont know who here is = Incorrect

    Which one?

    Thanks
    See above. Please try to only use one (or maybe two) colours in your posts. Many of the teachers like to add their comments and corrections in a different colour and it's very difficult to keep track of who typed what. It's easiest if you type all your questions in black but underline or italicise the parts you wish to draw attention to. That way, we can respond by typing in another colour and it will be clear who wrote which bits.

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    Re: relative clause

    I think I have found how to construct the question which I asked.

    Will the girl who is your girlfriend come here?

    I hope that is correct :)

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    #7

    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by lindadanca View Post
    I think I have found how to construct the question which I asked.

    Will the girl who is your girlfriend come here?
    It's not a very natural construction.

    You have been give several posiblities already. I think it is unlikely that you will come up with a more natural one containing 'who'.

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    #8

    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by lindadanca View Post
    I think I have found how to construct the question which I asked.

    Will the girl who is your girlfriend come here?

    I hope that is correct :)
    Well, we can say "Will your girlfriend come?" or "Is your girlfriend coming?", can't we?

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    Re: relative clause

    Those are the most concise.

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    #10

    Re: relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by lindadanca View Post
    Will the girl who is your girlfriend come here?

    I hope that is correct :)
    It's not incorrect, but why would you want to use it? A girlfriend by definition is a girl, so something like Bennevis' examples works much better. Your sentence is fine grammatically, but it's unnatural- you could possibly create a context for it, but without creating such a context, the sentence does not work IMO..

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