What Are Relative Pronouns?
Relative pronouns introduce relative clauses. Relative pronouns allow speakers and writers to add more information about a noun or pronoun in a sentence, and to clarify its identity or characteristics.
Types of Relative Pronouns
There are two types of relative pronouns:
- Defining: it is essential to the meaning of the sentence
- Non-defining: it is not essential to the meaning of the sentence
Common Relative Pronouns
Where Do We Place Relative Pronouns?
We place relative pronouns directly after the noun or pronoun they are referring to. Look at the following examples:
This is the car
Tim Berners-Lee is the man
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Indefinite pronouns refer to people or things without saying exactly who or what they are. In this lesson, we will learn more about these pronouns.
Dummy pronouns function grammatically the same as other pronouns, except they do not refer to a person or thing like normal pronouns do.
When two or more people are doing the same thing and receiving the consequences of that action at the same time we use reciprocal pronouns.
An impersonal pronoun does not refer to a specific person or thing. These pronouns help us talk about a thing or person without mentioning what or who.
Nominal Relative Pronouns
Nominal relative pronouns are also known as free relative pronouns are used to introduce a relative clause. Click here to learn!