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Hello,

I'd like to ask two questions about the following sentence (#1) , which I found it in the answers of exercises.

#1 I lost my gloves which my sister had bought me only the previous day.

Question 1:

I think "my" should be "the" or something because there is no comma before "which." Is it OK to use "my gloves" before restrictive relative pronoun "which"? Is that because "I" have many gloves? Or is this answer incorrect?

Question 2:

The answer told #1 meant #2, but is there the case it means #3? How can I distinguish #2 and #3?

#2 My sister had bought me my gloves only the previous day and I lost them.
#3 I lost my gloves only the previous day and my sister had bought me them.

I'll be happy to have a reply.
Yours truly,
Lina

Original Post
The sentence "I lost my gloves which my sister had bought me only the previous day" is ambiguous, as you note.

You can make the adjective clause non-restrictive and clarify the sentence this way to indicate clearly that the gloves had been bought on the previous day (#2):

I lost the/my gloves, which my sister had bought me only the previous day.

Or, in this way to indicate that the gloves were lost on the previous day (#3):

I lost the/my gloves, which my sister had bought me, only the previous day.

This sentence is better reconstructed, with commas, to make it clear.

Rachel
This is from Lina:
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I rewrote #1 into #2 using "just." Is #2 correct sentence? If so, can I express the similar meaning as #1?

Here are the sentences:

#1 I lost the watch which my father had bought me only the day before.
#2 I lost the watch which my father had just bought me the day before.

I'm looking forward to a comment.

Yours truly,
Lina
Yes, your sentence with "just" -- #2 – clarifies that what happened the day before refers to your father's buying the watch for you:

"¢ I lost the watch which my father had just bought me the day before.


A way to indicate that you lost the gloves on the previous day could be:

"¢ On the previous day, I lost the gloves that my father had given me.

Rachel

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