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    Which sentence is grammatical?

    Hi, teachers!
    1- Mary is the person who Tom likes but who John hates.
    2- Mary is the person who Tom likes but John hates.
    Which sentence is grammatical, please?

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatical?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Since nobody has responded to your question, I'll give you my $0.02.

    I think that they are both grammatical, but perhaps not entirely natural. I prefer, 'Tom likes Mary, but John hates her.'

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatical?

    "I think that they are both grammatical, but perhaps not entirely natural. I prefer, 'Tom likes Mary, but John hates her.'"

    This is an excellent reply. In addition, I'd like to add that the best way to gain an understanding of these patterns is just through extensive reading, such as going through these forums, rather than trying to find a solution which is based on grammar. Think of grammar as little tricks that can be used to identify common problems, but not something that can actually describe language in entirety. The structure of language might be better described as 'lexical chunks' (Lewis) rather than grammar.

    Cheers,

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