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    the position of who

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me which way to put the relative pronoun correctly.
    1. The boy drew pictures of people at the airport who were waiting for their planes.
    2. The boy drew pictures of people who were waiting for their planes at the airport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Could you please tell me which way to put the relative pronoun correctly.
    1. The boy drew pictures of people at the airport who were waiting for their planes.
    2. The boy drew pictures of people who were waiting for their planes at the airport.
    Thanks.
    The first sentence is correct because "at the airport" is prepositional phrase which has a pronoun "who" as its object.

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    Re: the position of who

    Hi,
    But is it right that the relative clause would be put after the noun it modifies?
    I still don't understand that it is separated by the prepostional phrase is correct in this case.
    Could you please explain more?
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    Re: the position of who

    I think both are correct.

    The first stresses that the people were at the airport.

    The second stresses that the planes, or more likely the waiting, was at the airport.

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    Exclamation Re: the position of who

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    But is it right that the relative clause would be put after the noun it modifies?
    I still don't understand that it is separated by the prepostional phrase is correct in this case.
    Could you please explain more?
    Thanks.
    A relative clause is a dependent clause which always comes after the noun it modifies.How ever, it gives additional information, identifies or describes the noun. In the first sentence, it gives addtional infomation of the people whose pictures were drawn at the airport. It identifies specifcally those who were waiting for their plane. In that sense the first sentence is more appropriate. The sencond sentece is also not incorrect either. I stand corrected to this extent.
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