• tips 11.04.2011 2 Comments

    A relative clause, also called adjective clause, is a dependent clause that modifies a noun. It describes, identifies, or gives further information about a noun. If you combine sentences with a relative clause, your writing becomes more fluent and you can avoid repeating certain words.

    Relative clause uses relative pronouns, such as:

    relative pronoun

    use

    example

    who

    subject or object pronoun for people

    I told you about the woman who lives next door.

    which

    subject or object pronoun for animals and things

    Do you see the cat which is lying on the roof?

    which

    referring to a whole sentence

    He couldn’t read which surprised me.

    whose

    possession for people animals and things

    Do you know the boy whose mother is a nurse?

    whom

    object pronoun for people, especially in non-defining relative clauses (in defining relative clauses we colloquially prefer who)

    I was invited by the professor whom I met at the conference.

    that

    subject or object pronoun for people, animals and things in defining relative clauses (who or which are also possible)

    I don’t like the table that stands in the kitchen.

    You can form a sentence containing relative clause by combining two sentences. See the examples below:

    This is short i know, hope it helps anyways :D.

    Source: http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses