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Relative Pronouns

A pronoun that relates a previous noun to another clause is called a relative pronoun. The most commonly used relative pronouns are who, whom, whoever, whomever, whose, that, which, and what.

The job of a relative pronoun is to introduce a phrase or clause that adds information to the main idea.

For example:

She is the girl who won the debate.
Show me the phone that you got for your birthday.
Here is the book, which I will give to my brother for Thanksgiving.

In the above sentences, “who”, “that”, and “which” are relative pronouns.

In the first example, the relative pronoun "who" is connecting the previous noun "girl" to the phrase "won the debate." The relative pronoun is helping the reader understand that the girl won the debate.


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