which are available, can be transported

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hhtt, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. hhtt Senior Member

    Turkish
    "The designer has to choose materials which are available, can be transported to the manufacturing facility (even the homebuilder's basement or garage), can be cut to required sizes with the minimum tools, and can be handled without causing too many rejects due to mishandling."

    Is the sentence correct? The part "materials, which are availale, can be transported" seem odd to me. Woud you please explain?

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  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    The writer should have repeated "which": "materials which are available, which can be transported..."
     
  3. hhtt Senior Member

    Turkish
    Is this case called "missing relative clause"? Are these situations common in everyday English or street English? And would you please explain why the author should have repeated it?
     
  4. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    "Which" should really have been repeated, because the verbs "are" and "can" are not the same. Contrast this with:

    The designer has to choose materials which are available, are inexpensive, and are durable.

    In that case "which" is entirely optional. In your original example it's awkward if you don't repeat "which."
     

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