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About the Relative Pronoun Hi everyone, I would like to know can I omit the relative pronoun of below sentence? "This area is off limits to anyone who doesn't have a special pass" And If I can, is the below sentence right? "This area is off limits to anyone not having a special pass." Thanks,
Jan 30, 2016 6:30 AM
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Yes, the below sentence works.
January 30, 2016
Kind of. It would be better to say "This area is off limits to anyone *WITHOUT* a special pass." OR "This area is of limits to *THOSE WITHOUT* a special pass." The subject of the sentence is actually the 'special pass', so you can use 'without' perfectly fine as you don't actually need any sort of pronoun in it. That said, 'anyone' *is* a pronoun, though you can omit that too, with further rewriting (see below). Examples: "If there's anyone without a waterproof coat, please make sure to borrow one, as tomorrow we're going rafting." "You can't enter without a ticket." "No entry without a special pass."/"This area is off limits unless a special pass is provided." "No admittance without an accompanying adult for those under fifteen." Hope that helps. :)
January 30, 2016
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