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    time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Hello

    Tell me when you will arrive.

    when you will arrive -- is it a nominal relative clause; that is, can a time adverbial, when, be a linking pronoun in this sentence?

    What is your gut reaction the role of when you will arrive syntactically is in this sentence?

    thanks

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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    Tell me when you will arrive.

    when you will arrive -- is it a nominal relative clause; that is, can a time adverbial, when, be a linking pronoun in this sentence?

    What is your gut reaction the role of when you will arrive syntactically is in this sentence?

    thanks
    "When" is a conjunction in that sentence. It is introducing a noun clause.


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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "When" is a conjunction in that sentence. It is introducing a noun clause.
    hi

    How would you account for the fact that the nominal sub clause is classified as a relative clause.
    I have always thought of relative clauses as a part of the sentence to be introduced by one of the 5 relative pronouns, to which "when" does not belong.

    thanks

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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    hi

    How would you account for the fact that the nominal sub clause is classified as a relative clause.
    I have always thought of relative clauses as a part of the sentence to be introduced by one of the 5 relative pronouns, to which "when" does not belong.

    thanks
    Who classified it as a relative clause?


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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Who classified it as a relative clause?
    Hello

    Moreover, according to Quirk, a time adjunct like "when" can be substituted for a relative pronoun.
    This is someting like a gray area to me.

    Thanks for your attention

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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    Moreover, according to Quirk, a time adjunct like "when" can be substituted for a relative pronoun.
    This is someting like a gray area to me.

    Thanks for your attention

    Svartnik
    Yes, "when" can introduce a relative clause, but that was not the case in your example.

    This is a use of "when" as a relative adverb in a relative clause:

    I remember a time when a man's character was more important than his bank account.

    In this case, the clause is adjectival and modifies "time".


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    Re: time adjunct as nominal relative pronoun?

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    Yes indeed.
    I agree.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    Yes indeed.
    I agree.
    Thanks
    You're welcome.

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