Reply to "garden path sentence"

jiho posted:

I am confused if the embeded clause is a relative clause,  not a noun clause.

Ask people which of these four crosses (that or which) they like best.

Hello again, Jiho,

That is not a possible reading. You cannot add "that" or "which" there.

If "they like best" were a relative clause, the sentence would be ungrammatical.

*"Ask people which of them" does not work.

That is what your would-be reading implies. So your would-be reading is wrong.

If you wish to understand the sentence, please refer to my first reply.

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