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    Question In which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

    Hi,

    I would like to know in which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

    Thanks.

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    Re: In which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

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    In which cases can't we shorten relative clauses?


    Hi,

    I would like to know in which cases we can't shorten relative clauses. That's not a question. It's a statement. Use a period (a full stop), not a question mark.

    Thanks.
    Hi, White Rose!

    You can't shorten them when they're as short as they can be.

    Can you give us an example of what you're talking about?

    Thanks!
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    Re: In which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

    These are the examples:

    1- I met Jeff last week, whom I believe you know from the office. (This sentence cannot be shortened.)

    2- Did you watch the film which I recommended to you? (It can be shortened.)

    Did you watch the film I recommended to you?

    Why can't we shorten the first sentence while we can do that with the second one?

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    Re: In which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

    I think you are talking about contact relative clauses, in which the relative pronoun is omitted.
    For details, see http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/relative.htm
    Scroll down to 'There are two common occasions, particularly in spoken English, when the relative pronoun is omitted.'
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    Re: In which cases we can't shorten relative clauses?

    Sentence 1 is a poor example because it would be greatly improved by splitting it into two:

    ​I met Jeff last week. I believe you know him from the office.
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