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    a pronoun which functions as both subjective and objective

    Hi, I'm a Korean, and I've found a sentence from a textbook for middle school students:
    'But remember a good job is one that you enjoy doing and makes you happy."

    I have thought that a pronoun must have only one case. But in the above sentence, 'that' has two clauses 'you enjoy doing' and 'makes you happy,' which means 'that' is not only an object of the first clause, but also a subject of the other clause.

    Is it a normally accepted case?

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    Re: a pronoun which functions as both subjective and objective

    Yes.

    Note you should say "I'm Korean", not "I'm a​ Korean". We normally use our nationality as an adjective, not a noun (though using it as a noun is not ungrammatical).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a pronoun which functions as both subjective and objective

    Thank you for your answer. And also for your correction.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Nov-2016 at 13:45.

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    #4

    Re: a pronoun which functions as both subjective and objective

    Quote Originally Posted by kisani80 View Post
    Is it a normally accepted case?
    It's common.
    I'd probably write, "...one that you enjoy doing and that makes you happy"
    But since we are used to making words like this cover multiple instances, it's natural to do it here - ie. to delete the second 'that', even if it causes the first one to have both subjective and objective case. That's why I'd use two "thats". Reading, I probably would not even notice it.

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    Re: a pronoun which functions as both subjective and objective

    Quote Originally Posted by kisani80 View Post

    Is it a normally accepted case?
    'But remember a good job is one that [you enjoy doing __ ][and __ makes you happy]'.

    I've inserted the 'gap' notation __ to represent the missing object and subject.

    I think what you're really asking here is whether the different functions of 'gap' (object / subject) in the two coordinates cause an ungrammatical mismatch.

    I don't really know. I did a little research and apparently it has been a matter of debate for some time whether a clause with object 'gap' and a clause with subject 'gap' can share the same pre-nucleus (the subordinator "that").

    It does sound a tad awkward to me and my natural inclination is to pop in a second "that" (and possibly another "one" as well). In view of the uncertainty, to be on the safe side I think it's probably best avoided.
    Last edited by PaulMatthews; 08-Nov-2016 at 20:16.

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