Definition of contact clause in English:

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contact clause

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

Grammar
A relative clause appended without a relative pronoun to the noun phrase that governs it, as in the man I saw yesterday.
Example sentences
  • The relative pronouns can be organized in a similar table to the one above, but no omission or contact clauses can be found here.
  • Join each pair of sentences, making the subordinate clause a contact clause; i.e. with the omission of the relative pronoun.
  • When the relative pronouns ‘who ", ‘which’ or ‘that’ (in object case) are omitted the relative clause becomes a contact clause.

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