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    #1

    a sentence without that or which

    the median income attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars
    Hi.
    I faced this sentence at a book and a bit confused about it.
    How do I read the sentence?
    the median income attribute does not look like / it is expressed in US dollars
    the median income attribute does not look like it / is expressed in US dollars
    I don't see any conjunction word in the sentence like that or which.
    Can you help me?

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    #2

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Welcome to the forum, Armin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Armin View Post
    I read this sentence in a book and I'm a bit confused about it.
    ...
    Always tell us the title and author of any book you quote from, please.

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    #3

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Armin.


    Always tell us the title and author of any book you quote from, please.
    Excuse me for this mistake.
    Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
    by Aurélien Géron (Author)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Oct-2019 at 19:19. Reason: Removed unnecessary hyperlink

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    #4

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Quote Originally Posted by Armin View Post
    Hi.

    I faced read this sentence at in a book and I am a bit confused about by it. How do can I read understand the sentence?

    "The median income attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars."

    1. The median income attribute does not look like ... it is expressed in US dollars.
    2. The median income attribute does not look like it ... is expressed in US dollars.

    I don't see any conjunction word, such as "like" or "which" in the sentence. like that or which.

    Can you help me?
    Please note my corrections above. You should have quoted the exact sentence in your post, before showing us the two ways in which you think it could be broken down. Please show us where you think "like" or "which" could have been used in the sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    The sentence uses a structure that I suggest you think of as: look like + clause

    The median income attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars.

    Do you understand the meaning of the sentence?

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    #6

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    The median income attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars.

    Not all subordinate clauses require a conjunction. The declarative content clause "it is expressed in US dollars" is complement of the preposition "like" and despite some dissent is perfectly grammatical.

    The dissent comes from speakers who maintain that since "like" is a preposition it requires a noun phrase complement, and cannot take a finite clause. For them "as if" or "as though", which are in competition with "like", are the preferred alternatives.

    Despite their objections, many speakers freely use "like" with a finite clause complement, as seen in your example.

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    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The sentence uses a structure that I suggest you think of as: look like + clause

    The median income attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars.

    Do you understand the meaning of the sentence?
    I understand hardly but I think that i can understand.

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    #8

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please note my corrections above. You should have quoted the exact sentence in your post, before showing us the two ways in which you think it could be broken down. Please show us where you think "like" or "which" could have been used in the sentence.
    the median income attribute does not look like (that/which) it is expressed in US dollars

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    #9

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    "The attribute is not expressed in US dollars." - Definitive statement.

    "The attribute does not look like it is expressed in US dollars." - the author is allowing for the possibility that he is in error. He is pretty sure it is not dollars.

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    #10

    Re: a sentence without that or which

    Quote Originally Posted by Armin View Post
    I understand hardly but I think that i can understand.
    Try:

    I barely understand, but I think I get it.

    Do not use understand hardly or hardly understand.
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