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1. I got a nice gift which is for my birthday.

2. I got a nice gift for my birthday.
(Can we use #1? In #1, "which is for my birthday" is an adjective clause. In #2, doesn't 'for my birthday' modify 'gift'? Isn't it an adjective phrase?)

3. I'm looking for a present which is for my daughter's birthday.

4. I'm looking for a present for my daughter's birthday.
(Can we use #3? In #1, "which is for my daughter's birthday" is an adjective clause. In #4, doesn't 'for my daughter's birthday' modify 'present'? Isn't it an adjective phrase?)

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  1. The use of the adjective clause, "which is..." is not wrong, but it's cumbersome and awkward. Use of the prepositional/adjective phrase is enough. It would be even simpler to merely say, "I'm looking for a birthday present for my daughter" or "I got a nice birthday gift."

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