Defining Relative Clauses

Jun 02, 2015

In this week’s Intermediate class, the students have been revising Defining Relative Clauses. Initially they may seem complicated and confusing but, with practice, they can be used to make your writing more descriptive and interesting.

Defining relative clauses give essential information to define or identify what we are talking or writing about. For example:

  • Students who study hard pass their exams.
  • An elephant is an animal which lives in hot countries.

If we remove the defining relative clause, the sentence is still grammatically correct but the meaning is different:

  • Students pass their exams.
  • An elephant is an animal.

It’s also important to remember that in spoken English we often substitute ‘who’ or ‘which’ for ‘that’:

  • Students that study hard pass their exams.
  • An elephant is an animal that lives in hot countries.

Are you comfortable using defining relative clauses? If you are interested in learning more, visit the EDUFIND website (http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/defining-relative-clauses/) for more information and help. Good luck!

 



Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List


Tag List

Halloween (2)
Islington Centre for English (6)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
Things to see in London (4)
Places to see in London (4)
grammar tips (1)
Reading in English (1)
the people's tower (1)
Hello from Ally (1)
free english grammar (2)
London Marathon (1)
future tenses english (1)
study english (1)
grammar (1)
IELTS (2)
exams (1)
Relaxing London (4)
Learn English (15)
silent disco (1)
English vocabulary (3)
Fun (1)
english courses london (1)
past modals (1)
things to do london (1)
English tips (4)
Business English (1)
English grammar (4)
New vocabulary (4)
efl (4)
Tourist tips (5)
student study tips (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
study tips (9)
music festivals uk (1)
Learn english online (12)
Victoria park (1)
Shopping in London (4)
CAE (3)
Barney Ronay (1)
Events in London (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
saga (1)
Listening in English (2)
english review (1)
Francais (2)
london events (1)
Winter in London (6)
London Summer (7)
english school (2)
english grammar online (1)
Where to visit London (3)
writing a mini-saga (1)
spelling (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
Christmas in London (3)
english course london (12)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Cycling (1)
Adjective (2)
future tenses efl (1)
New blog (1)
Social programme (1)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
music festival London (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
past modal verbs (1)
Field day (1)
english grammar tips (1)
Vocabulary (11)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Journalism evening course London (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
english school online (1)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
english study tips (1)
Polite questions (1)
Somewhere to go London (3)
FCE (4)
Things to do in London (6)
Students (2)
Insider info London (14)
New language (7)
narrative voice (2)
pronuciation (3)
Learning tips (10)
Attractions in London (1)
mini-saga (1)
ICE (5)
Covent Garden (1)
London (5)
English food (3)
Tweed (1)
Peaceful London (2)
ILEC (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
English (1)
Journalist Course London (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
London markets (4)
Idiom (3)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Historic moment (1)
making predictions (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
study english onlline (1)
reading tips (1)
english grammar help (1)
the shard (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
english school london (12)
Free english lessons (10)

Tag Cloud

future tenses eflexamsstudy english onllinepronuciationILECenglish grammar onlineVocabularypast modal verbssilent discoBeautiful LondonLondon SummerFunreading tipsImprove your vocabularyNew vocabularySport Journalism Courseenglish reviewBasic English mistakesThings to do in LondonCovent Gardendefining relative clausesnarrative voiceFree english lessonsfree english grammarHalloweenthings to do londonNew languageFrancaisEvents in LondonField dayenglish grammar helpJournalism Course Londonthe people's towerIdiomRelaxing Londonlondon eventsBusiness EnglishListening in EnglishHistoric momentPolite questionsEnglish grammarSocial programmeenglish schoolenglish as a foreign languagestudy tipsgrammar tipsEnglishWorld Naked Bike RideTweedeflenglish school onlineLondonJournalist Course LondonLearn english onlineLearn EnglishJournalism MasterclassLearning tipsstudy englishCyclingfuture tenses englishFCEspellingEnglish tipsCool as a cucumberEnglish vocabularyChristmas in LondonsagaSomewhere to visit LondonIELTSNew blogCAEBarney RonayWhere to visit LondonRecording vocabularyLondon marketswriting a mini sagamini-sagaenglish school londonPeaceful Londonenglish course londonVictoria parkReading in Englishenglish courses londonWinter in Londonthe shardTourist tipsenglish grammar tipsIslington Centre for EnglishPlaces to see in LondonSomewhere to visitLondon MarathonStudentsEnglish foodstudent study tipsVocabulary notebookgrammarCambridge Exam PreparationHello from AllyInsider info Londonmusic festivals ukThings to see in Londonmusic festival LondonAdjectiveJournalism classes LondonJournalism evening course LondonShopping in LondonICEmaking predictionsSomewhere to go Londonpast modalsAttractions in Londonwriting a mini-sagaenglish study tips


Archive

We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.