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English Adjective Clauses

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English Adjective Clauses

The basic definition of an adjective clause is a dependent or subordinate clause that consists of a subordinating conjunction, specifically a relative pronoun, followed by a clause and that performs an adjectival function. Some grammars use the term relative clause for adjectives clauses.

Grammatical Forms

Grammatical Forms of English Adjective Clauses explains the internal structure of the relative clause in the English language including the nine relative pronouns that introduce adjective clauses.

The English Speaker That Used the “Wrong” Relative Pronoun: Subordinating with Who and That explains the rules for the relative pronouns who and that within adjective clauses.

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Grammatical Functions

Grammatical Functions of English Adjective Clauses explains the four grammatical functions of adjectives clauses in English grammar.

Using Adjective Clauses as Noun Phrase Modifiers exemplifies adjectives performing the grammatical function of noun phrase modifier.

Using Adjective Clauses as Verb Phrase Modifiers exemplifies adjectives performing the grammatical function of verb phrase modifier.

Using Adjective Clauses as Prepositional Phrase Modifiers exemplifies adjectives performing the grammatical function of prepositional phrase modifiers.

Using Adjective Clauses as Noun Clause Modifiers exemplifies adjectives performing the grammatical function of noun clause modifier.

For information on adjectives and adjective phrases, see English Adjectives.

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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