A couple of things that have caught my eye on the BBC website this week.
First, from the ‘most popular’ links, comes this:
Sadly, it doesn’t mean that having children can drive you to drink, which is what I imagined. It actually linked through to a story with the headline “Parenting style strongly affects drinking, Demos says”.
The second is from a story about UK social surveys and comes under the headline Why state surveys asked about bras and haddock.
The paragraph that caught my eye is about the National Centre for Social Research’s sex survey, and says:
The survey, now in its third decade, is today supported by research foundations and provides information on sexual behaviour that informs government policy.
Relative clauses are one of my personal grammatical bugbears, and I do still sometimes get in knots over thats and whiches. The quoted sentence does seem, though, to be something I would have rephrased before publishing. Unless, of course, they really do mean they are studying the sexual behaviour that informs government policy.