Exercise 2

Choose the correct relative pronouns to complete the defining relative clauses below.

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1 What's the name of the man ____ lives next door?
a.
b.
c.
2 This is the computer ____ I bought from my friend.
a.
b.
c.
3 We can eat at the restaurant _____ Joanne works.
a.
b.
c.
4 Who is the man _____ is dancing with your sister?
a.
b.
c.
5 That's the house _____ I lived when I was a child.
a.
b.
c.

 

 

Defining relative clauses

 
We use defining relative clauses to specify which person, thing or place we are talking about.
 
Defining relative clauses

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who, which, where

 
We use who for people.

  • He met the police officer who saved his life.

We use which for things and animals.

  • He put on the suit which he wore for special occasions.

We use where for places.

  • This is the hotel where we spent our honeymoon.

 

that

 
We can use that instead of who or which. But we often use who for people and which/that for things.

  • He’s the neighbour who/that helped us to move out.
  • Change the cable which/that connects the computer to the printer.

 

Be careful with these common mistakes!

 
We cannot use *what or an expression like *that he/she etc. in this type of relative clauses.

  • That’s the student that/who I told you about. (NOT the student what I told you about)
  • That’s the man that/who tried to steal my wallet. (NOT the man that he tried to steal my wallet.)