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    Adjective clauses when describing second person

    I'm trying to use an adjective clauses to directly describe a second person, should the pronoun be "his" or remain "your"

    For example, should the sentence be

    "You're the person who is so dedicated to his work, that you're abandoning the family."

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    "You're the person who is so dedicated to your work, that you're abandoning the family?"

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    Re: Adjective clauses when describing second person

    Quote Originally Posted by achen View Post
    I'm trying to use an adjective clauses to directly describe a second person, should the pronoun be "his" or remain "your"

    For example, should the sentence be

    "You're the person who is so dedicated to his work, that you're abandoning the family."

    or

    "You're the person who is so dedicated to your work, that you're abandoning the family?"
    You could write: "You are the person who is so dedicated to his work, that he is abandoning his family."

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    Re: Adjective clauses when describing second person

    There are two things to consider.

    The first one concerns a correlative conjunction, so .. that.

    One should not use a comma between the two correlated clauses.

    Code:
    You're the person who is so dedicated to his work, that you're abandoning the family.
    The comma you used between 'work' and 'that' shouldn't be used.

    The second point become clear if you eliminate the unneeded comma.

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    You're the person who is so dedicated to his work that he abandons his family.
    Once the comma is dropped, it becomes clear that the sentence after 'who' needs only one subject.

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    Re: Adjective clauses when describing second person

    There is a much less complicated way of saying that:

    'You are so dedicated to your work that you are abandoning your family'.

    Rover

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    Re: Adjective clauses when describing second person

    Oops, I forget to delete the comma. Yes it doesn't belong.
    I don't quite agree with Rover. The meaning is different.

    Bill: "John works so hard, his kids never see him."
    Ben: "You are the person who is so dedicated to his work that he is abandoning his family."

    If the sentence read, "You are a person ..." I would agree.


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