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    Relative clauses?

    Hello,
    I need your help. Could you please tell me what is correct?

    "Do you know someone who is my friend?" or "Do you know someone who my friends is?"

    Is it relative clause?
    I think that the first sentence is correct but I'm not sure.


    Thank you


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    Re: Relative clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello,
    I need your help. Could you please tell me which is correct?

    "Do you know someone who is my friend?" or "Do you know someone who my friends is?X"

    Is it a relative clause?
    I think that the first sentence is correct but I'm not sure.


    Thank you
    This is a relative clause:

    Do you know someone who is my friend?


    A relative clause gives more information about something (a noun in the sentence); in this case that thing is denoted as "someone", an indefinate pronoun, and for this reason it is a very strange sentence which one would not expect to hear. But I wouldn't suggest that it is grammatically incorrect. It's just not the way we tend (usually) to express such a question.

    Something like

    Do you know one of my friends?


    is far more likely.

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    Re: Relative clauses?

    1...Do you know someone who is my friend?
    Do you know one of my friends? (much more likely to be said than the first one)

    The above two questions suggest that I suspect that you may know one friend of mine.

    2...Do you know any of my friends?

    The above question is neutral; I have no feeling that you do or don't know one or more of my friends.

    You could also say 'Do you know anyone who is my friend?'. But it's also a sentence you won't often hear.
    This sentence suggests that it's not likely that you would know any of my friends or that I don't have any friends.

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