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    #1

    but she bought it

    Can you replace "but she" with "who"? Then it becomes the non-restrictive usage of a relative pronoun. but in most cases doesn't a relative pronoun have to be right after it antecedent? Not necessarily?

    *her mother could not afford it, who bought it for her anyway

    23) Stephanie would be late again! Now she was sorry that she read for such a long time, but the book was so absorbing she could not put it down. She grabbed the last bite of the sandwich her mother made for breakfast. She dashed out of the house. In the driveway, she jumped on her bike and started to pedal as fast as she could. She remembered when she got the bike for Christmas last year, it was such a surprise. She knew that her mother could not afford it, but she bought it for her anyway. It was a beautiful blue and shiny bike

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    Re: but she bought it

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you replace "but she" with "who"? Then it becomes the non-restrictive usage of a relative pronoun. but in most cases doesn't a relative pronoun have to be right after it antecedent? Not necessarily?

    *her mother could not afford it, who bought it for her anyway

    23) Stephanie would be late again! Now she was sorry that she read for such a long time, but the book was so absorbing she could not put it down. She grabbed the last bite of the sandwich her mother made for breakfast. She dashed out of the house. In the driveway, she jumped on her bike and started to pedal as fast as she could. She remembered when she got the bike for Christmas last year, it was such a surprise. She knew that her mother could not afford it, but she bought it for her anyway. It was a beautiful blue and shiny bike
    "her mother could not afford it, who bought it for her anyway"
    This makes no sense.

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    Re: but she bought it

    This is a similar case. Maybe 1 definitely works, and 2 also works even though "who" is a little bit separated from the antecedent "the teacher".
    But in 3, the reason why "who" doesn't work seems to be it's even after the verb, ruining the the connection to the antecedent, right?

    1,Her mother could not meet the teacher who asked to have a meeting.
    2.Her mother could not meet the teacher at the school who asked to have a meeting.
    3. Her mother could not afford it, who bought it for her anyway

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    Re: but she bought it

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This is a similar case. Maybe 1 definitely works, and 2 also works even though "who" is a little bit separated from the antecedent "the teacher".
    But in 3, the reason why "who" doesn't work seems to be it's even after the verb, ruining the the connection to the antecedent, right?

    1,Her mother could not meet the teacher who asked to have a meeting.
    2.Her mother could not meet the teacher at the school who asked to have a meeting.
    3. Her mother could not afford it, who bought it for her anyway
    Number 1 is correct.
    Number 2 can have 2 meanings. "At the school" could be modifying "teacher" or it could be the place of the meeting. If it is the first, it would be better as "Her mother could not meet the school teacher who asked to have a meeting." If it is the second, it would be better as "Her mother could not meet the teacher who asked to have a meeting at the school".
    Number 3 still doesn't work.

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    Re: but she bought it

    Can you explain why 3 still doesn't work? Is it because of the reason I mentioned?

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    #6

    Re: but she bought it

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you explain why 3 still doesn't work? Is it because of the reason I mentioned?
    For number 3 to work, "who" would have to refer to "mother". There is no way to make that happen in that sentence.

    You could say: "Her mother bought a bike for her daughter even though she couldn't afford it".

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