Relative clauses exercises

Before we start practicing, we will give a brief summary of the types of relative clauses and how they are formed. First, you must remember that relative pronouns serve to refer to the noun (person or thing) that has already been mentioned in the sentence. In addition, they are used to modify or add information about the noun.

Defining: These are the type of clauses that define the noun and serve to identify the person or thing we are referring to. In this case, no commas are used to separate the clause from the rest of the sentence.

Have you been able to solve the relative clause exercises? We hope this activity has helped you to better understand how relative clauses are formed and the use of relative pronouns in English.

English grammar exercises

This is a grammar topic that you need to learn well, as well as many others, as it will give variety and cohesion to your speech. Using relative clauses in English indicates that your level in the language is improving. Read on to find out how they are formed and what they are used for.

The restrictive relative clause (in English defining) provides indispensable information to identify the subject or object of the sentence. Without it, the meaning of the sentence changes completely.

The non-restrictive relative clause provides additional information about the subject or object of the sentence, but it is not essential for identifying it and does not change the meaning of the sentence. It follows immediately after the word to which it refers and is always secondary, that is, it is separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.

Unlike the restrictive clause, in the non-restrictive clause the relative pronoun must always be expressed. Furthermore, in the non-restrictive clause it is not possible to use the relative pronoun that.

Relative pronouns

Here you will learn about relative pronouns in English: that, which, which, who, whom, whose. By using them we can form what are known as relative clauses.  These subjects are known in English as Relative Pronouns and Relative Clauses respectively.

The word That is a relative pronoun that replaces the expression «The man» and introduces a phrase to the sentence. The phrases that are added by means of the words that, which, which, who, who, whom, whose are known as relative clauses or phrases (more on this later).

Relative pronoun

Relative clauses are used to identify, define or classify a thing or a person in a sentence. The relative pronouns «who, «which» and «that» are used to identify the beginning of the relative clause.

While these relative pronouns can function in a sentence as the subject or object of the relative clause, in this topic we will use the pronoun as the subject. In a more advanced topic at another level we will be showing more examples of how to use the pronoun as the object of the sentence.

Then, we will use the relative pronouns: «who / which /that» to formulate relative subject clauses, taking into account the rules of identification of the illustration presented at the beginning.

What is the purpose of knowing the use of relative clauses? A basic use consists of joining two sentences to form a single sentence without modifying the general meaning. The idea is to join two sentences into one by using the appropriate relative pronoun.


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