relative clause


relative clause
.relative 'clause
n
technical a part of a sentence that has a verb in it, and is joined to the rest of the sentence by 'who', 'which', 'where' etc, for example the phrase 'who lives next door' in the sentence 'The man who lives next door is a doctor.'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Relative clause — Relative Rel a*tive (r?l ? t?v), a. [F. relatif, L. relativus. See {Relate}.] 1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject. [1913 Webster] I ll have grounds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • relative clause — relative clauses N COUNT In grammar, a relative clause is a subordinate clause which specifies or gives information about a person or thing. Relative clauses come after a noun or pronoun and, in English, often begin with a relative pronoun such… …   English dictionary

  • relative clause — noun count LINGUISTICS a CLAUSE joined to a previous one by words such as who, which, or that. Relative clauses give extra information about a person or thing in a sentence …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Relative clause — A relative clause is a subordinate clause that modifies a noun. For example, the noun phrase the man who wasn t there contains the noun man , which is modified by the relative clause who wasn t there . In many languages, relative clauses are… …   Wikipedia

  • relative clause — noun a clause introduced by a relative pronoun who visits frequently is a relative clause in the sentence John, who visits frequently, is ill • Hypernyms: ↑clause * * * noun 1. : an adjective clause introduced by a relative pronoun expressed or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • relative clause — a subordinate clause introduced by a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb, either expressed or deleted, esp. such a clause modifying an antecedent, as who saw you in He s the man who saw you or (that) I wrote in Here s the letter (that) I wrote …   Universalium

  • relative clause — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms relative clause : singular relative clause plural relative clauses linguistics a clause joined to a previous one by words such as who , which , or that . Relative clauses give extra information about a person… …   English dictionary

  • relative clause — rel′ative clause′ n. gram. a subordinate clause that is introduced by a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb, either expressed or deleted, and modifies an antecedent, as who saw you in That s the woman who saw you or (that) I wrote in Here s… …   From formal English to slang

  • relative clause — dependent clause, clause that modifies a word in the main clause (Grammar) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • relative clause — noun A subordinate clause that modifies a noun …   Wiktionary


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