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Title: Was that necessary?
Author: Michael Bulley
Institution: United Arab Emirates University
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Abstract: The origin of this article, and of the first of its two topics, was the inclusion of relative pronouns that seemed to the author unnecessary and burdensome. He had been reading, out of duty rather than for pleasure, some texts written by professional classicists and grammarians and began to be aware that these writers, from Britain and the USA, nearly always included relative pronouns when they were not grammatically obligatory and where sometimes not having them would, in his view, have been to the benefit of the sentence.

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This article appears IN English Today Vol. 22, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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