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Reply to "Embedded clause with "desire""

Hello, MlleSim, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@MlleSim posted:

"No, something else in him had died, something that he had long desired should perish."

This is a structure which is correct + I know it is correct ⇒ This is a structure which I know is correct.

As you can see, we can merge a relative clause (which is correct) with a content clause (that it is correct) by saying "which I know is correct."

Your sentence is similarly formed:

It was something that should perish + He had long desired that it should perish ⇒ It was something that he had long desired should perish.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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