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# Correct usage of relative clauses using "When"

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Correct usage of relative clauses using "When" [#permalink]

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08 Jan 2011, 23:17
Guys ,
Any idea of how relative clauses beginning with "when" should behave . Should it behave in the similar way as other relative clauses do(modifying the preceding noun) . I came across few sentences using "when" relative clauses and couldn't understand their purpose.

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10 Jan 2011, 16:08
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Yes; "when," when used as a relative adverb, will describe the previous noun, just as "who," "which," or "that." It should be used only to describe a time, such as:

"I cannot remember a time when you were not by my side."

Keep in mind, though, that "when" is more often used to introduce an adverbial phrase modifying the main verb of the sentence:

"When the clock struck 12, Cinderella's carriage turned back into a pumpkin."
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