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    Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    Hi. I found this sentence in a grammar book. But I'm not sure it is correct. It seems like to need a preposition or a conjuction.

    ~I expect the foodstuff will be available next week.

    Can we say "The foodstuff which I expect will be available next week."?

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    #2

    Re: Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    Yes, it works either way. "Foodstuff" is an odd choice of nouns for the example, but it's grammatically fine.
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    Re: Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    The two sentences do have somewhat different meanings. I expect the foodstuff will be available next week is about my expectation. It could also be written I expect that the foodstuff will be available next week.

    The foodstuff which I expect will be available next week is about particular foodstuff which is supposed to be available. There could be other foodstuff, but I'm not expecting it and I'm not discussing its availability.
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    Re: Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    "The foodstuff which I expect will be available next week."

    This does not make sense on its own.
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    Re: Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    It makes sense to me although I would be much more likely to say "which I am expecting". I would also use either "foodstuffs" or just "food(s)".

    The foodstuffs (which I expect/which I am expecting) will be available next week.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Does it need a preposition or a conjuction?

    I agree that it's OK with "I am expecting".
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