定语从句通常是紧跟在其先行词之后。但有时定语从句会与其先行词分开。分开的原因有可能是定语从句与先行词之间隔了另一个定语,或隔了一个状语。也可能是把修饰主语的定语从句移到谓语后,拉近主语与谓语的距离,使句子的主语读起来不会太长。

1) 定语从句与先行词之间插入另一个定语
There are no places left on the earth that the foot of man has not trodden. 地球上已没有人类还没有到达过的地方. (定语从句修饰 place)
The project sponsor is a senior executive in a corporation who is responsible to the business for the success of the project. 项目发起人是公司里在项目的成功方面对生意负责的一位高级的执行董事。 (定语从句修饰 executive)

2) 定语从句与先行词之间插入状语
I saw something in the paper which might interest you. 我在纸上看见了一些可能让你感兴趣的东西。 (which might interest you 修饰 something)
They remember a time in England when people were not as tolerant of each other's ideas as they are now. 他们记得在英格兰有一段时间人们不容纳其他人的观点。

3) 修饰主语的定语从句移到谓语后边
The day will come when man can make full use of solar energy. 人类充分利用太阳能的日子将会到来. (定语从句修饰 the day)
Without electronics, it would be impossible for the wonderful computers to be built which have brought about such big advances in modern technology. 没有电子学,就不可能制造出带来现代技术巨大进步奇异的计算机. (定语从句修饰 computers)
However, something can happen that completely changes the atmosphere.  然而,也可能发生一些事情可以完全改变谈话气氛。 (定语从句修饰something)