One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A relative clause appended without a relative pronoun to the noun phrase that governs it, as in the man I saw yesterday.
- ‘Contact clauses are common in spoken English.’
- ‘When the relative pronouns ‘who ", ‘which’ or ‘that’ (in object case) are omitted the relative clause becomes a contact clause.’
- ‘Join each pair of sentences, making the subordinate clause a contact clause; i.e. with the omission of the relative pronoun.’
- ‘What makes one a comma splice and the other a contact clause is a function of what the writer knows.’
- ‘The relative pronouns can be organized in a similar table to the one above, but no omission or contact clauses can be found here.’
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