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This is a unique alphanumeric code for each user that looks like "xx.."[Relative clauses] Options
A cooperator
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:06:32 PM

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Hi Everyone!

You don't think 'relative clause' 'that looks like' modifies 'each user', where 'each user' is the subject to which the relative pronoun 'that' refers. However, if so, then this sentence below makes no sense since 'each user' can never look like 'xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx".

"Serial number is a product key of Internet Download Manager. This is a unique alphanumeric code for each user that looks like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

I understand that 'that looks like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx' refers to ' a unique alphanumeric code', however, the 'each user' is really the closer identifier to the relative clause mentioned.




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Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:54:05 PM
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A cooperator wrote:
I understand that 'that looks like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx' refers to ' a unique alphanumeric code'


Yes. It is clear from the context that "that" refers to the whole of the phrase "a unique alphanumeric code for each user".

Compare, for example, the sentence: "I have something for you which you will like".
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 10:18:52 AM

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The sentence would read better with a comma following "user".
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:38:02 PM

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It often happens that in parsing a complex sentence we have to distinguish between what seems to be implied by the grammar and what actually makes sense.

For the particular sentence in question the choice is clear enough. Unfortunately that is not always the case, and sometimes the meaning of a sentence cannot be understood with certainty. Such sentences are examples of bad writing, except when intended to be ambiguous for the sake of humorous effect.

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