Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 3 years ago

    But before you use it, let me try it out first.

  2. kaecispopX

    kaecispopX said, about 3 years ago

    She can use the chain saw.

  3. knitkitty

    knitkitty said, about 3 years ago

    He is NOT going to learn, is he?

  4. shunting

    shunting said, about 3 years ago

    Actually, “that” directly refers to the chainsaw. It does not restrict the adverbial clause at the other end of the predicate. You CAN get it at Home Depot, doesn’t mean you CANNOT get it at Lowe’s.

  5. rvonluchen

    rvonluchen said, about 3 years ago

    That is the woman who put him in the hospital last January.

  6. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 3 years ago

    Personally, I would use “which” but I wouldn’t consider correcting the grammar of people discussing making a body unrecognizable. Even so, the general rule below makes me wonder if “that” might be hunky-dory regardless.
    If the lady had used simpler sentences, Lemont would have less grounds (fewer?) for complaint. “I suggest using a chainsaw. You can get one at Home Depot. It isn’t as bad about gumming up with bone, brains and entrails as the ones from Lowes are.”
    “Generally speaking, the rule is that when a removing a clause from a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, that clause should off-set by “that”, not “which”. When the meaning of a sentence is unaltered by the removal of a clause, the clause should be off-set by “which”.”

  7. Lamberger

    Lamberger said, about 3 years ago

    Power to the Pedant!

  8. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago

    I confess that though I once taught English to college freshmen and thought I was up on grammar and such, I never heard of “that” being a restrictive pronoun, as opposed to “which.” (Or is it “that’s being a restrictive pronoun”? :-) )
    I thought that restrictiveness was indicated by non-use of a comma. At least I have sense enough not to correct the grammar of someone who is getting up equipment for a chain-saw massacre.

  9. slcbostonGC

    slcbostonGC said, about 3 years ago

    Sorry, this one’s in the wrong. That is not the way restrictive/nonrestrictive clauses work.

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