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    Relative clauses

    Hello! Can you help me, please?
    I have to match the following sentences though relative pronouns:
    A car didn't stop at the crossroads. It was going so fast.
    A car, which was going so fast, didn't stop at the crossroads.
    Do you agree? Or is it correct to say: "A car that was..." (with no commas)?
    Thank you so much in advance!

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    Re: Relative clauses

    The use of 'so' in the second sentence, suggesting a reason for the failure to stop, makes it difficult to join the two sentences with a relative clause without changing that word. This works:

    A car that was travelling too fast didn't stop at the crossroads.
    Last edited by teechar; 15-Mar-2017 at 20:06. Reason: typo

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    Re: Relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The use of 'so' in the second sentence, suggesting a reason for the failure to stop, makes it difficult to join the two sentences eith a relative clause without changing that word. This works:

    A car that was travelling too fast didn't stop at the crossroads.
    Sorry, Piscean...I got confused! I meant "It was going fast"
    So: The car, which was going fast, didn't stop at the crossroads.
    What do you think now? Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Relative clauses

    It's not a very natural sentence to play around with like that, but it makes more sense to me to make a non-defining relative clause, with commas.

    A car, which was going [too] fast, didn't stop at the crossroads.


    If you don't use commas, it's because you want to define the car, (perhaps in contrast to another car, which was not going too fast), which seems less likely.

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