What are the differences in relative clauses in informal and formal situations?
It’s another question from Cristina
In Informal situations we would use that rather than which or who:
The man that spoke to me was very worried
The man who spoke to me was very worried
or we would omit the relative clause completely:
The jacket Fred usually wears is a tennis blazer.
The jacket that Fred usually wears is a tennis blazer.
(this is only possible if the verb has a subject)
using “whom” is more formal than who
in informal spoken English we normally put the preposition at the end of the relative clause:
- … the restaurant which we go to. or
- … the letter that I was looking for.
in formal English we can say:
- Was that the restaurant to which we normally go? or
- Electronics is a subject about which I know very little. or
- John is the person from whom I obtained the information.