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    relative clauses

    Hi,

    I don't want the children crying in this classroom. (= I don't want the children who cry in this classroom).

    What I understand in this sentence:

    1) I don't want the children who cry in this classroom. (I don't want the children if they cry in this classroom).

    2) In this classroom, I don't want the children who cry. (In this classroom, I don't want the crying children).

    The meaning of that sentence may be divided into 2 meanings? Is that right?

    Thanks...
    Last edited by aysaa; 22-Feb-2012 at 18:31.

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    Re: relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    I don't want the children crying in this classroom. (= I don't want the children who cry in this classroom).

    What I understand in this sentence:

    1) I don't want the children who cry in this classroom. (I don't want the children if they cry in this classroom).

    2) In this classroom, I don't want the children who cry. (In this classroom, I don't want the crying children).

    The meaning of that sentence may be divided into 2 meanings? Is that right?

    Thanks...
    It's most likely meaning is "I don't want the children in this classroom to cry".

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    Re: relative clauses

    'The people who I don't want in my classroom are children who are crying' If you say I 'I don't want the children...' you are referring to a specific group already identified in the previous text as the ones who cry: 'I don't want the crying children in my classroom. but I do want the quiet ones.'

    In general though - and in a somewhat trivial sense - you're right: two verbs, two clauses, two ideas.

    b

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