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    #1

    relative clause

    My grammar book (not written by native linguists) says,

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    This is the place that he worked. (correct)
    This is the place that he worked in (incorrect)
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    and,
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    This is the building that he worked .(incorrect)
    This is the building that he worked in. (correct)
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    Right? I think the first two sentences contradict the second two.
    Would you help me, please?

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    This site is really helpful.
    Last edited by siruss; 17-Mar-2007 at 08:23.


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    Re: relative clause

    I think you are right. Generally, we can omit 'that' or 'which' when they are the object. e.g. 'This is the building he worked in.' 'This is the place he worked in'. Another alternative would be 'This is the place where he worked.' 'This is the building where he worked.' Hope this helps.


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    #3

    Re: relative clause

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    This is the place that he worked. (correct) -- No. Whoever wrote this, I think s/he is incorrect. "This is the place where he worked." no relative clause here: 'where' is not a relative pronoun.
    This is the place that he worked in (incorrect) -- perfectly acceptable, IMO
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    This is the building that he worked .(incorrect) --yes
    This is the building that he worked in. (correct) -- yes
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