Relative Pronouns with Examples
Relative pronouns connect a phrase to a noun or pronoun, generally in order to provide more information. They are "that," "which," "who," "whom," and "whose."
The relative pronouns in English are that, which, who, and whom. We use the following:
- Who and whom for people.
- Which for things.
- That for people or things.
Here are some examples of relative pronouns that helps to illustrate how they can provide additional information to sentences by connecting them to clauses or phrases:
- Be sure to pack the dress that is your favorite.
- Miriam is an artist who is very talented.
- My little brother, who is 18 years old, just started college.
- We had apple cake, which I always enjoy.
- He is a famous sculptor, which I did not realize when I met him.
- I needed the book that I left at home this morning.
- Jonathan is a young man who appears to be a promising architect.
As you can see in these examples, the relative pronouns provide information that makes the sentence more understandable. These clauses or brief phrases can be used in place of lengthy additional sentences.