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English Grammar - Relative Pronouns

What is a Relative Pronoun?

A relative pronoun is a pronoun that is used to refer to nouns, modify them or say something more about them. The relative pronouns that are commonly used in English are Who, Whom, That, Which, Whoever, Whomever, whose, and Whichever.

You can see the relative pronouns in the following sentences.

The house that Harry built is large. (The relative pronoun that refers to ‘the house’ and say something more about it (it is large).

The professor, whom I respect greatly, recently retired from the university. (The relative pronoun whom refers to the professor, and connects it to the rest of the sentence.)

The following worksheets give more practice on relative pronouns.

Relative Pronouns - Beginner Level Worksheet

Underline the relative pronoun in each of the following sentences

1. The pen that you gave me writes very well.

2. Bring me the letters that the postman left.

3. I hate children who bully others.

4. Dogs know the persons by whom they are treated kindly.

5. The moment which is lost, is lost forever.

6. He said he saw me there, which was a lie.

7. My brother, who is a doctor, has gone to America.

8. He found what he was looking for.

9. Take whichever you like.

10. Whoever wants to come, is welcome.

Answers

1. The pen that you gave me writes very well.

2. Bring me the letters that the postman left.

3. I hate children who bully others.

4. Dogs know the persons by whom they are treated kindly.

5. The moment which is lost, is lost forever.

6. He said he saw me there, which was a lie.

7. My brother, who is a doctor, has gone to America.

8. He found what he was looking for.

9. Take whichever you like.

10. Whoever wants to come, is welcome.

Relative Pronouns - Intermediate Level Worksheet

Fill in the blanks with a relative pronoun.

1. Meera, ............. is the best singer in the class, is absent today.

2. I am looking for someone ............. can watch my cat while I go on vacation.

3. The investigators needed details ............. could help identify the thief.

4. I’d like to take you to a restaurant ............. serves excellent lunch.

5. The clubhouse, in ............. the show was held, housed about 300 people.

6. You can choose one person, ............. you like, to share the prize with you.

7. ............. you bought last week is on sale for less this week.

8. The winners ............. who have become famous already, will receive money and other prizes.

9. This is the place ............. I remember very well.

10. The baby, ............. had been disturbed by the cat, wailed loudly.

Answers

1. Meera, who is the best singer in the class, is absent today.

2. I am looking for someone who can watch my cat while I go on vacation.

3. The investigators needed details that could help identify the thief.

4. I’d like to take you to a restaurant that serves excellent lunch.

5. The clubhouse, in which the show was held, housed about 300 people.

6. You can choose one person, whom you like, to share the prize with you.

7. What you bought last week is on sale for less this week.

8. The winners who have become famous already, will receive money and other prizes.

9. This is the place that I remember very well.

10. The baby, who had been disturbed by the cat, wailed loudly.

Relative Pronouns - Advanced Level Worksheet

Join the sentences together in each of the following questions, using a relative pronoun.

1. John is always idle. He was punished.

2. I heard some news. It astonished me.

3. I know a girl. The girl has a wooden leg.

4. Here is the book. You were asking for this book.

5. He is a rogue. No one trusts him.

6. Where is the parcel? I left it here yesterday.

7. He is a poet. His works are widely known.

8. The rope was old. It snapped.

9. Can I borrow the book? You are reading it.

10. The farmer is cutting the corn. The corn has ripened.

Answers

1. John, who is always idle, was punished.

2. I heard some news that astonished me.

3. I know a girl who has a wooden leg.

4. Here is the book that you were asking for.

5. He is a rogue whom no one trusts.

6. Where is the parcel that I left here yesterday?

7. He is a poet whose works are widely known.

8. The rope, which was old, snapped.

9. Can I borrow the book that you are reading?

10. The farmer is cutting the corn which has ripened.

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