What Are Nominal Relative Pronouns?
Nominal relative pronouns (also called free relative pronouns) are used to connect the antecedent and the relative clause.
English Nominal Relative Pronouns
This is the list of nominal relative pronouns:
What Are Nominal Relative Pronouns Used for?
Nominal relative pronouns are used to introduce a relative clause that plays the role of an object, a subject, or a complement.
Look at an example:
'Whatever you say' acts an object for the verb 'know.'
'How you said that' is the complement of 'it is.'
'Wherever you go' is the subject of 'sounds very important to me.'
Where Are Nominal Relative Pronouns Placed?
Nominal relative pronouns head a nominal relative clause that comes after the main clause. For example:
'What you thought' is a complement for 'it is.'
'Who' Is a Relative Pronoun or an Interrogative Pronoun?
The only way to understand the difference between 'who' as a relative pronoun and 'who' as an interrogative pronoun is an antecedent before 'who.'
Look at the example:
'Who' in the first example is interrogative pronoun because it replaces a subject. While 'who' in the second example is a relative pronoun because it describes 'the man.'