Is this sentence correct?

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Is this sentence correct?

Post by bottlejohn » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:52 am

I have a long-time question that really puzzles me. I hope someone can help me : (
Please look at the following sentences, extracted from Google:

"A method is developed that allows analysis of quantum Monte Carlo simulations".
"A method is developed that permits a quantitative evaluation of O2 and CO2 levels."
"A method is developed that computes bounds of the probability"

In these sentences the word "that" obviously modifies (i.e., describes) the subject "method". But are they grammatically correct? Shouldn't we write something like:

A method, which allows analysis of quantum Monte Carlo simulations, is developed?

I'm not a native speaker but very eager to learn English properly.


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Re: Is this sentence correct?

Post by Alan » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:01 am

Although your rephrasing is rather more natural-sounding, the sentences are acceptable as written. Relative clauses are not necessarily placed immediately after their referents!