What are Relative Pronouns?

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Demystifying Relative Pronouns: Understanding Subject Pronouns, Object Pronouns and More

The English language swarms with both borrowings and coinages that enhance its vocabulary and depict its linguistic diversity. The constituents of sentences, the elements of communication, do so by providing the linked pieces in order to get everything clear and serve the purpose effectively. Relative pronouns form an indispensable part of this process as it serves as the continuous threads that lets the clauses hold necessary information to the nouns or pronouns. 

Probably, you did not even realize the extent of your knowledge of relative pronouns in writing and speech up to this point. However, have you ever writing magnetic? This article includes the universe of relative pronoun, teaching you recognize them, understand their actions and using them with confidence. 

What Is A Pronoun?

Pronouns are those different words that stand by nouns and avoid the same information and finally result in the smooth flow of sentences. We use various types of pronouns, including:

  • Personal pronouns: This is about a certain person or object and is called a pronoun, for example, I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, him, her, us, them. (e. g., Yet I’m a bookworm and she is fond of penning down things).
  • Subject pronouns: They are the nominative case in English grammar (i. e.  subjects of sentences) because they indicate the person (and sometimes the number) doing the action. (For example, baked an amazing cake). 
  • Object pronouns: These pronouns so are the ones being verbs object or preposition. (eg., of course, this is just a small part of the large plot). 
  • Relative pronouns: are a special type of pronoun that introduces a relative clause, also known as an adjectival clause. This clause provides additional information about a noun or pronoun that has already been mentioned in the sentence. 

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Here are the most common relative pronouns

  • Who: Used for people (e.g., The teacher who inspired me is still my mentor.)
  • Which: Used for things and animals (e.g., The book which I borrowed is a true gem.)
  • That: Can be used for both people and things (e.g., The house that we built stands on a hill.)
  • Whose: Indicates possession (e.g., The woman whose dog ran away is quite worried.)

Particles in the Relative Clauses

Remember, a relative pronoun can also act as a subject or object within its own clause

  • Subject pronoun: The tutor who teaches English is a genuine lover of his occupation. (The promoter of that action which was described in detail by the relative clause.)
  • Object pronoun: I had this car bought last year. A common barrier is the lack of clear information on the eligibility criteria, benefits, documentation requirements, and application process, which makes it hard for people to make informed decisions. 

Mastering the Art of Relative Pronouns: Must-knows

  • Identify the antecedent: The relative pronoun refers to the word or the pronoun, and it is known as the antecedent. (e. g. They are making a lot more air noise and sounds of happiness. - Whether it is the singular student of the plural antecedent "children" (pronoun "it"). 
  • Non-essential vs. essential clauses: There is another important clause in a sentence which is called a non-restrictive, non-essential clause and they can be taken out without affecting the main idea of that sentence. They always have commas as a punctuation mark. According to it, an essential clause better known as a restricting clause is mandatory in order to put the expected definition down. They are not to be given up for you would thereby change the entire sentence's sense. (e. g. In the end, the one who studies hard and thoroughly will be the even more successful. 
  • Formal vs. informal usage: Not all grammarians agree that "that" is more informal than "who" or "which" occurring in defining clauses. On the other hand, it is used both in formal and informal setting as well. 

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