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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > relative clause with "WHY"    

relative clause with "WHY"


relative clause with "WHY"
Is there any grammar mistakes in this sentence?
"He told me about his illness, for which he gave up his studying." 
I am not very sure about this sentence when I take an example in my lesson.
Please help me. 

2 Feb 2017      

United States

First, I don īt understand your subject line, since "why" isn īt in your sentence.
The grammar is good. If he gave up school altogether, it should be "studies", rather than "studying". If it īs a temporary situation, then "studying" is correct.

2 Feb 2017     


Alternatives could be "due to which" or "because of which" if you prefer. You could also say "which caused/led him to give up" to make it less formal.

3 Feb 2017     


I can agree with FraSue.

3 Feb 2017     

United States

I agree with Bruce that the grammar is fine, but "for which" sounds strange and awkward to me. I would say "which caused  him to" as FrauSue suggests.

3 Feb 2017