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    the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences or

    In OALD online:

    rhetoric n.

    definition:
    the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences or entertains people
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    In the definition of 'rhetoric', does the word 'that' modify 'way' or 'speech or writing' or 'language' or 'skill'?

    In other words, which is appropriate?
    a. The special way that influences or entertains people.
    b. The speech or writing that influences or entertains people.
    c. Using language that influences or entertains people.
    d. The skill of using language that influences or entertains people.

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    Re: the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences

    way, so a.

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    Re: the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences

    A relative clause can modify any noun before it; how can I identify the noun the relative clause modifies? Thanks!
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    Re: the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences

    In most cases it will modify the noun closest to it.

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