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Relative clauses. Non-defining relative clause. Defining relative clause. Provides interesting ADDITIONAL information Elephants, which are large and grey, can sometimes be found in zoos. Cannot use that The relative pronoun cannot be omitted.

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Relative clauses

Relative clauses

Non-defining relative clause

Defining relative clause

Provides interesting ADDITIONAL information

Elephants, which are large and grey, can sometimes be found in zoos.

Cannot use that

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted

Gives essential information about the noun or noun phrase it modifies, the purpose of a defining relative clause is to clearly define who or what we are talking about

The mouse (that) the elephant loved was very beautiful.


Relative clauses

  • Who/that  a person

  • Which/that  a thing

  • Can be left out when they are the object of the relative clause

    • You lent me the DVD.

    • Subject verb object

    • Here’s the DVD (which/that) you lent me!


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