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    Another question concerning the relative clause

    The following is a multible choice question I found in a grammar excercise book edited by some high school English teachers for their students .
    " He told the story with so many gestures ___ children could fully understand.
    A. where B.which C. that D. as "
    The key opts for D in the book,which I have failed to fully understand.Is it another clumsily-written none-too-reasonale question which cannot hold water?If not, why couldn't "which" or "that" cannot be used in this context.Is it due to the presence of "so"? If so,are "which" and "that" both acceptable in the above context if "so" is removed from the sentence? I'm desperate for help.Thank you all.

    I would be more grateful if anyone should be so kind as to point out the errors in my writing.Thank you all again.

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    Re: Another question concerning the relative clause

    Hello, on the way.
    I'd go for C. I don't think D is correct.

    Is it due to the presence of "so"?
    Yes, that's why I'd choose C.

    Please wait for other (native speakers') opinions.

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    Re: Another question concerning the relative clause

    I'd go for C too. It's probably a proofreading issue.

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    Re: Another question concerning the relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    Is it due to the presence of "so"? If so,are "which" and "that" both acceptable in the above context if "so" is removed from the sentence?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****




    It is only my opinion that there are at least three "correct" sentences:

    1. He told the story with so many gestures that (even) children could fully understand.

    a. He told the story with many gestures.

    b. Therefore, even children could fully understand the story.

    2. He told the story with many gestures that (even) children could fully understand.

    a. He told the story with many gestures.

    b All or many of those gestures were understood even by children.

    c. In American English, defining / restrictive clauses are introduced by "that." A defining clause defines something.

    In this case, we are not talking about all kinds of gestures, only gestures that are understandable to children.

    3. He told the story with many gestures, which even children could fully understand.

    a. He told the story.

    b. He used many gestures.

    c. By a (happy) coincidence, even children could fully understand those gestures that he used.

    d. I believe that both American and British English require "which" in non-defining clauses. A non-defining

    clause is simply extra information. In No. 2, "that even children could fully understand" is absolutely necessary

    information because it explains what kind of gesture; in No. 3, "which even children could fully understand" is

    something like an "Oh, by the way" statement. If we delete (omit) it, the main sentence ("He told the story with

    many gestures") still makes 100% sense.


    James

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