a written list of questions that people are asked

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VicNicSor

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Definition
› a written list of questions that people are asked so that information can be collected
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/american-english/questionnaire?q=questionnaire

I understand this phrase, but I would like to know - is this sentence absolutely correct? Shouldn't there be a preposition or something else?
E.g.:
a written list of questions by which people are asked so that...
or
a written list of questions that people are asked with (by) so that...

Thank you.
 
  • lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    Exactly. Boozer is correct. To make it even more clear:

    The survey-person asks people questions.
    People are asked questions [by the survey-person].
    These are the questions that people are asked [by the survey-person].
     

    lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    Ah. Maybe you're getting confused by the groupings. I would understand the definition as follows:

    › a written list of questions that people are asked so that information can be collected
    = a written list (a written list of what?)
    = a written list [of questions] (what kind of questions?)
    = a written list [of questions [that people are asked so that information can be collected]]

    I see the that-clause as modifying "questions," not "a written list."
     
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