Relative Pronoun

A relative pronoun "relates" a subordinate clause to the rest of the sentence. It may be found in adjective and noun clauses.

A relative pronoun is found only in sentences with more than one clause.

In modern English there are five relative pronouns: that, which, who, whom, and whose.

All but that can also be interrogative pronouns. That may also be a demonstrative pronoun.

In addition, these pronouns may take the suffixes -ever and -soever.

Examples (relative pronouns italicized):

He who laughs last laughs best. (Adjective clause)

I cannot believe that he said it. (Noun clause)


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