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    The type of clause after relative pronouns

    They gave him ships with which to make the trial voyage.

    my question is.. Is it correct to say whith which to make...and if correct.. what reference should I read to learn this kind of structure... thanks

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    Re: The type of clause after relative pronouns

    Hi Rita and welcome to the forum!

    Yes, it's correct:
    relative + infinitive: a garden in which to play

    When a noun or pronoun is the object of a following infinitive, a relative
    pronoun is not normally used:

    I can't think of anybody to invite. (NOT ... anybody whom to invite.)
    However, relative pronouns are possible with preposition structures:
    We moved to the country so that the children would have a garden in which
    to play.
    He was miserable unless he had neighbours with whom to quarrel.
    This structure is rather formal, and it is more common to use infinitive +
    preposition without a relative pronoun .
    . . . so that the children would have a garden to play in. (NOT ... which to
    play in.
    )
    ... unless he had neighbours to quarrel with. (NOT ... whom to quarrel
    with.
    )
    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage Third edition, Page 485
    Last edited by Mori; 06-Dec-2016 at 13:27.

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    #3

    Re: The type of clause after relative pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Rita93 View Post
    They gave him ships with which to make the trial voyage.

    My question is (no ellipsis here) is it correct to say whith "with which to make" (no ellipsis here) and, if it's correct, what reference book should I read to learn this kind of structure?

    T
    hanks.
    Note my corrections above. We don't connect parts of sentences with a string of dots (ellipsis). Remember to start each new sentence with a capital letter.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The type of clause after relative pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above. We don't connect parts of sentences with a string of dots (ellipsis). Remember to start each new sentence with a capital letter.
    I'd insert a comma in place of the ellipsis.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The type of clause after relative pronouns

    ... or "My question is whether it is correct to ..."

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