Omission of 'who is'


Tom, who is staying here, is my friend. Can I omit 'who is' here like "London, (which is) located on the River Thames, is the capital of England." Thank you so much as usual.

asked Aug 27 '12 at 14:36 Hans Contributor

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In many cases, yes. However, in your specific sentence, deleting the "who is" makes the meaning a bit vague, at least to my ear. Eliminating the relative pronoun + "to be" is acceptable if doing so does not obscure your intended meaning. There are no objective rules telling us when that might occur. Sometimes, it is just a matter of how it sounds to the ear.


(You deleted a question this morning while I was in the midst of writing a long answer. Oh well.)

link answered Aug 27 '12 at 14:57 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Oh, sorry but I didn't want to bother anyone with the question because I have solved it. Thank you again.

HansAug 27 '12 at 15:23

Jeff Pribyl. Could you help me out again if you do not mind. "Tom, who speaks English well, is my friend"->" Tom, speaking English well, is my friend? I think this is not natural. What do you think? Sorry to bother you. I thought I knew it but I do not. Thank you.

HansAug 28 '12 at 01:14

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