Pronouns

Grammar on the Edge

Saturday, 1 Dec 2012, by

The that/which distinction is a favorite among American English us­age commentators and copyeditors. For those not familiar with it, here’s a primer. A relative clause is a subordinate clause that modifies something, usually a noun, in another clause. The relative pronoun fills a role in the relative clause, and the noun that it modifies serves as its antecedent. (Note: Many linguists argue that that is not a pro­noun at all but rather a relativizing subordinator.

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