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Could you help me when you are free?

"After a long day at work, Eddie returns home to his wife and the warm love of the niece he and his wife have raised."

1. What does the "and" connect?

At first I thought it connects sentences, "Eddie returns home to his wife" and "the warm love of the niece he and his wife have raised", but on second thought I suppose it connects nouns, "his wife" and "the warm love of the niece". Am I correct?

2. What is the antecendent?

What is the antecedent of "he and his wife have raised"? I think it is "niece". Am I correct?

Incidentally, if there are some grammatical errors in my questions, could you correct them?
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He returns home to his wife.
He returns home to the warm love ... etc.

He returns home to [his wife] and [the warm... ]

Yes, of course "he and his wife have raised" refers to the niece. You're absolutely correct.
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Hi

1. Your second reading is correct. The conjunction and connects the two noun phrases his wife and the warm love of the niece [he and his wife have raised]. I'd probably read that as just one prepositional phrase in which his wife and the warm love.... are both objects of the preposition to.

2. Within the prepositional phrase there's the relative clause he and his wife have raised, (I bracketed it above) which modifies niece. The relative pronoun here is called a 'zero' because it's omitted or ellipted, but in effect it's that or whom (either would be correct). The antecedent of 'zero' (i.e. that or whom) is niece.

BillJ