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An English Grammar By William Malone Baskervill Characters: 1327

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416. Although the omission of the relative is common when it would be the object of the verb or preposition expressed, there is an omission which is not frequently found in careful writers; that is, when the relative word is a pronoun, object of a preposition understood, or is equivalent to the conjunction when, where, whence, and such like: as, "He returned by the same route [by which] he came;" "India is the place [in which, or where] he died." Notice these sentences:-

In the posture I lay, I could see nothing except the sky.-Swift.

This is he that should marshal us the way we were going.-Emerson.

But I by backward steps would move;

And, when

this dust falls to the urn,

In that same state I came, return.


Welcome the hour my aged limbs

Are laid with thee to rest.


The night was concluded in the manner we began the morning.-Goldsmith.

The same day I went aboard we set sail.-Defoe.

The vulgar historian of a Cromwell fancies that he had determined on being Protector of England, at the time he was plowing the marsh lands of Cambridgeshire.-Carlyle.

To pass under the canvas in the manner he had entered required time and attention.-Scott.

Exercise.-In the above sentences, insert the omitted conjunction or phrase, and see if the sentence is made clearer.

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