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    #1

    that had/ with white chocolate chips

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I ate the cake that had white chocolate chips in it.
    2-I ate the cake with white chocolate chips in it.

    3-I ate Tim's cake that had white chocolate chips in it.
    4-I ate Tim's cake with white chocolate chips in it.


    A-Could either '3' or4' be used if Tim had only prepared one cake?

    B-Could either '1' or '2' be used if there was only one cake?

    Technically we have defining clauses, but maybe "cake with white chocolate chips in it" could be considered as a unit.
    I think the answer to 'A' is 'no' and the answer to 'B' is 'yes'.

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    Re: that had/ with white chocolate chips

    I think you could (just about) use 2 in this way, but I think 1 is pushing it a bit too far.

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    Re: that had/ with white chocolate chips

    Thank you very much Tdol for all your replies.

    How about '3'? Could that be used in that way?

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    Re: that had/ with white chocolate chips

    In all cases, you're trying to use sentences in ways not intended. In speech, you could get away with all, but in writing, there's an element of oddness.

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    #5

    Re: that had/ with white chocolate chips

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-I ate the cake that had white chocolate chips in it.
    2-I ate the cake with white chocolate chips in it.

    3-I ate Tim's cake that had white chocolate chips in it.
    4-I ate Tim's cake with white chocolate chips in it.


    A-Could either '3' or4' be used if Tim had only prepared one cake?

    B-Could either '1' or '2' be used if there was only one cake?

    Technically we have defining clauses, but maybe "cake with white chocolate chips in it" could be considered as a unit.
    I think the answer to 'A' is 'no' and the answer to 'B' is 'yes'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    In all four sentences it sounds as if there was more than one cake.

    Possibly clearer would be: "I ate a piece of (Tim's) white chocolate chip cake."

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