Relative Pronouns and Clauses Quiz

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In which kind of relative clause can we use 'that' instead of 'who' or 'which'?

Defining relative clause

When can we leave out the pronoun in a relative clause?

When it is the object of the relative clause

Which relative pronoun is used as the possessive form of 'who'?


In the sentence 'This is George, whom you met at our house last year', what is the function of 'whom'?

Object of the verb

When do we use commas to separate a relative clause from the rest of the sentence?

In non-defining relative clauses

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Relative Clauses

  • 'That' can be used instead of 'who' or 'which' in a restrictive relative clause.
  • A restrictive relative clause provides essential information about the noun it modifies.
  • In non-restrictive relative clauses, 'which' or 'who' must be used.

Omitting Relative Pronouns

  • The relative pronoun can be omitted in an informal style when it is not the subject of the relative clause.

Possessive Form

  • 'Whose' is the possessive form of 'who'.

Functions of 'Whom'

  • In the sentence 'This is George, whom you met at our house last year', 'whom' is the object of the verb 'met'.

Punctuation in Relative Clauses

  • Commas are used to separate a non-restrictive relative clause from the rest of the sentence.

Test your knowledge of relative pronouns and relative clauses with this beginner-level quiz. Learn how to use relative pronouns to introduce clauses that provide more information about people and things. Master the two types of relative clauses and improve your English grammar skills.

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