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Reply to "Which modifying a clause"

@Jacob B. posted:

I was just seeing if "which escalated into the father striking the mother" from my example was a regular relative clause since it modifies a verb phrase (I didn't know if there were other kinds of relative clauses).

The relative clause does not modify the verb phrase; it is not an adverbial. "Which" simply takes a verb phrase ("yelling at the mother") as its antecedent. Within the relative clause, "which" functions as a substantive. You can replace it with "his yelling at the mother": "his yelling at the mother escalated . . . ."

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