What are Relative Pronouns? Grammar Review
Pronouns replace nouns and noun phrases! Relative pronouns are used to connect a phrase or clause to a noun or pronoun. Relative pronouns connect sentences and clauses. In the English language, there are just a few relative pronouns! Be careful! These words also function in other ways. Like all words in English, words are just words until they are given a specific job! Some examples are, “Which, that, whose, whoever, whomever, who and whom!” Words “When, why and where” can also function as relative pronouns. The word “Whom” is considered old English and should be avoided in everyday speech! Ask your teacher to explain this subject further!
Relative Pronoun Examples
The story which she shared with me, was not true!
Those shoes that I bought are too small!
The man whose car was damaged, was able to pay for repairs!
For now, whoever you speak with, should keep it a secret!
The new company management, whomever they select, will be better!
The driver who won the race was very experienced!
The day when the parade takes place is next Sunday!
Do you know the reason why she called so late last night?
The area where the children are playing is safe!
A few more thoughts. Who is used for people. Whose is for possession. Which is for things. That can be used for people and things only in clearly defining relative clauses that don’t just add extra information. This grammar review is just a small introduction to relative pronouns. There is a lot more to this subject. Work with your teacher to more clearly understand how to use this grammar!