Sentential Clauses





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Sentential Clauses :


Some relative clauses will refer to more than a single word in the preceding text; they can modify an entire clause or even a series of clauses.



  • Charlie didn't get the job in administration, which really surprised his friends.


  • Charlie didn't get the job in administration, and he didn't even apply for the Dean's position, which really surprised his friends.


A relative clause that refers to or modifies entire clauses in this manner is called a
sentential clause. Sometimes the "which" of a sentential clause will get tucked into the clause as the determiner of a noun:

  • Charlie might very well take a job as headmaster, in which case the school might as well close down.










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