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Relative clauses – defining relative clauses
Relative clauses add extra information to a sentence by defining a noun. They are usually divided into two types – defining relative clauses and non-defining relative clauses.
Defining relative clauses
Look at this sentence:
‘who lives next door’ is a defining relative clause. It tells us which woman we are talking about.
Look at some more examples:
Can you identify the defining relative clauses? They tell us which dog, which film and which skirt we are talking about.
Relative clauses are often introduced by a relative pronoun (usually who, which, that, but when, where and whose are also possible)
With defining relative clauses we can use who or that to talk about people.
And we can use that or which to talk about things.
It is also sometimes possible to omit the relative pronoun.
In this sentence ‘skirt’ is the of the verb (buy). ‘I’ is the subject. When the relative pronoun is the , it can be omitted.
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