# Relative Determiners

## What Are Relative Determiners?

Relative determiners are used before nouns to connect the relative clause to an independent clause. They introduce the nominal relative clause.

## Relative Determiners: Uses

Relative determiners connect a dependent clause to the main clause. Relative determiners and the nominal relative clause can act as the object or the subject of the independent/main clause.

## Relative Determiners: Placement

using the relative determiner 'what' in a sentence

Relative determiners introduce a nominal relative clause and are always followed by a noun or noun phrase.

Here is the list of English relative determiners with examples:

What book to buy doesn't matter.

'What book to buy' is a subject for 'doesn't matter.' 'What' is used before 'book.'

I don't know which book you bought.

'Which book you bought' is an object for 'know'. 'Which' is used before a noun.

• Possessive Relative Determiner 'Whose'

Relative determiner 'whose' shows possession.

I don't know whose book you have.

'Whose' heads the nominal relative clause and serves as the object.

### Tip!

If 'whose', 'what', and 'which' are not followed by a noun, they are no longer determiners. Rather, they are interrogative pronouns. In the following examples, they are relative pronouns:

Whose are these?

What do you want?

Which is better?

## Review

Relative determiners are used to connect a dependant clause to the main clause. They are used:

• as the head of a nominal relative clause
• always followed by a noun/noun phrase

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#### Interrogative Determiners

There are three interrogative determiners in English: what, which, and whose. In this lesson, we will go through each one of them.

#### Demonstrative Determiners

Demonstrative determiners in English are this, these, that and those. They are used to identify the person or thing that is being referred to.

#### Indefinite Determiners

Indefinite determiners are determiners that express quantity or the indefinite ideas of quality. They agree in number and gender with the noun they modify.