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A painting that will be discussed and viewed for decades to come. (phrase)

The painting will be discussed and viewed or decades to come. (sentence)

A painting will be discussed and viewed for decades to come.


Why doesn't the A work like The ? The last example doesn't sound correct ?

And why does removing that change it so it's a complete sentence. Is it just because of the past-tense of that ?

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A painting that will be discussed and viewed for decades to come. (phrase)

The clause that starts with "that" is an adjective clause that describes the noun "painting."

"that will be discussed and viewed for decades to come." The word "that" is the subject and "will be discussed and viewed" is the verb.

That leaves the subject of the sentence "painting" without a verb. So what you have a a noun phrase with and adjective clause modifying it. When you remove "that," you leave "a painting" as the subject of "will be discussed and viewed, which" is the verb.

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Thanks that's helpful.