# Relative Determiners

## What Are Relative Determiners?

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

### What are Relative Determiners Used for?

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

### What are Relative Determiners' Position?

using the relative determiner 'what' in a sentence

1. Relative determiners head a nominal relative clause.
2. Relative determiners are always followed by a noun/noun phrase.

Here is the list of 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 'whose book you have.'

### Tip!

'Whose', 'what' and 'which' are not followed by a noun if they are interrogative pronouns. Look at an example:

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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#### Indefinite Determiners

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#### Articles

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#### Indefinite Articles

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#### Definite Article

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