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Relative pronouns #1 (permalink) Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:49 am   Relative pronouns
 

Test No. incompl/elem-9 "Relative Pronouns", question 10

The grass, ......... I cut every week, seems to grow very quickly.

(a) who
(b) who's
(c) which

Test No. incompl/elem-9 "Relative Pronouns", answer 10

The grass, which I cut every week, seems to grow very quickly.

Correct answer: (c) which

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Relative pronouns #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:55 am   Relative pronouns
 

Hi,

Yes we are here. For more information relative pronouns, please read these explanations and stories by Alan Townend:

Grammar Lesson: Relative Pronoun
http://www.english-test.net/lessons/21/index.html

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Relative pronouns #3 (permalink) Thu May 17, 2007 15:55 pm   Relative pronouns
 

Defining and non-defining relative clauses
Compare:
«George, who lives next door, always watches television.»
«The couple who live next door always watch television.»

Hello, could you, please, explain me the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses? I have read Alan's lesson about this subject, but somehow I still can not understand it. In the given examples which one is a defining relative clause?

Sentence Relative
Compare:
«He showed me a photo that upset me.»
«He tore up the photo, which upset me.»

I don't understand this example from the lesson as well. I suspect it has something to do with defining and non-defining relative clauses. Why do we use that after a photo and which after the foto?
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Relative pronouns #4 (permalink) Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:54 am   Relative pronouns
 

Hello, could you, please, explain me the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses? I have read Alan's lesson about this subject, but somehow I still can not understand it. In the given examples which one is a defining relative clause?

Sentence Relative
Compare:
«He showed me a photo that upset me.»
«He tore up the photo, which upset me.»

I don't understand this example from the lesson as well. I suspect it has something to do with defining and non-defining relative clauses. Why do we use that after a photo and which after the photo?

Thanks a million!
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Relative pronouns #5 (permalink) Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:02 am   Relative pronouns
 

Sonia* wrote:
Hello, could you, please, explain me the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses? I have read Alan's lesson about this subject, but somehow I still can not understand it. In the given examples which one is a defining relative clause?

Sentence Relative
Compare:
«He showed me a photo that upset me.»
«He tore up the photo, which upset me.»

I don't understand this example from the lesson as well. I suspect it has something to do with defining and non-defining relative clauses. Why do we use that after a photo and which after the photo?

Thanks a million!
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Hi Sonia,

A defining relative describes the noun immediately before it as in:

He showed me a photo that upset me. In other words it was the photo itself that upset me.

In this sentence there is a non defining relative:

He tore up the photo, which upset me
.

This means it wasn't the photo itself that upset me but I was upset because he tore it up. 'Which' is preceded by a comma in that sentence and refers to the action in the sentence before and not the noun 'photo'.

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Relative pronouns #6 (permalink) Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:04 am   Relative pronouns
 

Hello Sonia,

These pages explain things far better than I can. Hopefully you will find them useful.
http://esl.about.com/od/grammaradvanced/a/relative_clause.htm
(There are links to further pages from the page above)
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/rel4.cfm
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses
http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/non-defining-relative-clause.html
http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/english/grammar/non-defining-relative-clause.asp
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Relative pronouns #7 (permalink) Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:12 am   Relative pronouns
 

Hello! Alan Sir,

Many thanks for the fast reply. The concept is clear to me now.

Best Wishes!
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Relative pronouns #8 (permalink) Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:14 am   Relative pronouns
 

Beeesneees wrote:
Hello Sonia,

These pages explain things far better than I can. Hopefully you will find them useful.
http://esl.about.com/od/grammaradvanced/a/relative_clause.htm
(There are links to further pages from the page above)
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/rel4.cfm
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses
http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/non-defining-relative-clause.html
http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/english/grammar/non-defining-relative-clause.asp

Thanks a million for your kind help!

Sonia* Best wishes!
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