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  1. matilda
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    Talking 217-it/which

    Hello all

    Look at the following sentence, please.

    During free fall, (which is up to a fall minute,) a skydiver will fall at a constant speed of 20 m.p.h.

    1- What is the part in the parentheses? Is it an appositive? If not, what is it?
    2- Can I use (it is) instead of (which is)?

    Thank you all

    Matilda


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    Re: 217-it/which

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all
    Look at the following sentence, please.
    During free fall, (which is up to a fall minute,) a skydiver will fall at a constant speed of 20 m.p.h.
    1- What is the part in the parentheses? Is it an appositive? If not, what is it?

    Hello Matilda,
    It's simply a relative clause that the writer has chosen to put in parentheses.


    2- Can I use (it is) instead of (which is)?

    You COULD but even put in parentheses, it sounds waaaaaaay more natural to use 'which'. Remember, non-restrictive relative clauses are used to give extra information. Perhaps this is why an "it is" sounds strange.
    Thank you all
    Matilda
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