relative pronouns

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Locked
Lone
Silver Member
Posts: 75
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:47 pm

relative pronouns

Post by Lone » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:32 am

Dear Alan

"The Master Key is here given to the world as a means of tapping the great Cosmic Intelligence and attracting from it that which corresponds to the ambitions, and aspirations, of each reader."

In the above sentence, I don't understand why there are 2 relative pronouns (that which) are used one after another. What is the function of this structure? And can I simply use 'that' or 'which' in that position (i.e. just use 1 relative pronoun)?

Thank you!

Lone

User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12910
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Re: relative pronouns

Post by Alan » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:43 am

'That' here is a demonstrative pronoun. The only relative is 'which'.

Locked