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More on nesting
Task C - relative clauses (RCls) in 'The House that Jack Built'
It is arguable that one of the functions of the nursery rhyme 'The House that Jack Built' is to teach young children how to use relative clauses.
Look at one of the sentences from the nursery rhyme below (we have removed the lineation to make it easier for you to analyse) and, starting from the right-hand end, put brackets around each of the relative clauses.
To get you started, we have put brackets around the rightmost RCl for you. When you have sorted out your brackets and worked out what is going on in the sentence, compare your effort with ours.