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4.7.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1: Relative Clauses (Whose)

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    Relative Clauses (Whose)

    Exercise 29:  Combine the following sentences by making the second sentence a relative clause.  In other words, make the second sentence part of the first sentence.

    Example: 

    The boy ate the cookie very quickly.  His mother made it for him.
    The boy whose
    mother made the cookie for him ate it very quickly.

    1. The man had never cooked dinner for his family before.  The man's beard caught on fire while he was cooking dinner.

    2. The boy has trouble eating food.  The boy's arm is in a cast.

    3. The boy visited our class yesterday.  The boy's father is a doctor.

    4. You thanked the woman. You used her phone.

    5. One of your uncles visited your home. His wife had a bad accident two weeks ago.

    6. People wanted to help the old man. His house caught fire and burned down last week.

    7. The fat man is your neighbor. His dog bit my brother.

    8. The teacher has a beautiful beard. You are in his class.

    9. The woman was a first generation American. Her parents came from Italy.

    10. The dog was very cute and funny looking. Its ears were long and soft.

    11. The men planned to go hunting in the mountains. Their dogs were acting very excited.

    12. The man forgot to send the package.  His nephew was waiting for the package. 

    Exercise 30:  Please write five sentences with WHOSE.

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    Relative Clauses (Whose)

    Exercise 31:  Combine the following sentences using "whose" to form a relative clause.  Make the second sentence the relative clause, please.

    1.  The girl visited our class.  I met the girl's mother at a party last week.

    2.  I went fishing with the teacher.  The teacher's boat could hold three people.

    3.  My neighbor was visiting our house.  Her dog loves to play with my boys.

    4.  I went for a drive with the boys.  Their father worked in a shop near my house.

    5.  I gave a lot of homework to my students.  Their faces didn't look too happy.

    6.  My dog loves to eat and sleep on our deck.  Its doghouse is on the side of the house.

    7.  Seattle is a beautiful city.  Its lakes and green areas make it a special place.

    8.  The table cost $1,500.  Its legs were in-laid with teak wood.

    9.  The children had lost both of their parents in an accident.  Their grandmother raised them.

    10.  I gave my students this assignment.  Their English skills are not perfect.

    11.  We went to the theater on Friday evening with Doug and Debbie Clark.  Their son stayed overnight at our house.

    12.  I saw a beautiful bird at the zoo.  Its feathers were blue and red.

    13.  My neighbor is finally cleaning up his yard.  His back was injured in an accident.

     

    Exercise 32: Please write five sentences of your own with WHOSE.

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    When and where are actually relative adverbs; however, they are used in exactly the same manner as relative adjectives.

    When replaces time words and where replaces place words.

    Example Sentences with When and Where:

    I remember July 31, 1987.  It was the day my first son was born.
    July 31, 1987 and the day are the same.

    I remember July 31, 1987, when my first son was born.

     

    I saw many wonderful sights in India.  For example, I saw the Taj Mahal there.
    In India and there refer to the same place.

    I saw many wonderful sights in India, where, for example, I saw the Taj Mahal.

     

    I will not work on Fridays this quarter.  I will have a free day on Fridays.
    On Fridays is the same in both sentences.

    This quarter, I will not work on Fridays when I will have a free day.

     

    I come from Massachusetts.  The first permanent British colony in North America was in Massachusetts.
    Massachusetts is the same in both sentences.

    I come from Massachusetts, where the first permanent British colony in North America was.


    4.7.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1: Relative Clauses (Whose) is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Don Bissonnette.

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