Adjective Clauses

Adjectives and Adjective Clauses:


9 Responses to Adjective Clauses

  1. Fatimah says:

    I did well, but when I read the explination I found it complicated,I think that some rules I started takeing them for granted

  2. Janete says:

    I always forget the commas and periods in the exercises.

  3. Janete says:

    I did all the exercises and I found no problems.

  4. help2013rick says:

    Good Job, Fatimah and Janete!

  5. luciakye says:

    what is difference btwn defining and none-defining clause? defining sentences look less-defining.
    Is that related to lengths of the adj. sentence? maybe?

    • help2013rick says:

      This is a very important question:

      Sometimes, grammar teachers call this restrictive and non-restrictive:

      “When an adjective clause is NONRESTRICTIVE, use which and set it off from the independent clause with commas. Don’t use commas with that in a RESTRICTIVE CLAUSE.

      My car, which I bought used, needs major repairs. [The adjective clause is nonrestrictive, so it begins with which and is set off with commas.]

      The car that I want to buy has a CD player. [The adjective clause uses
      that and is restrictive, so it is not set off with commas.] ”

      This explanation and example come from this book:
      Troyka, Lynn Q.; Hesse, Doug (2012-01-17). Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers (9th Edition) (Page 306). Addison Wesley. Kindle Edition.

      Defining vs. Non-defining should not be related to the length of the sentence or clause.

      In the examples above, “which I bought used” is not necessary information for defining the car in its sentence. However, “that I want to buy” is necessary information for defining the car in its sentence. We need this information to understand the whole sentence. If the person in example one says “My care needs major repairs,” we will not be confused. However, if the person in example two says “The car has a CD player,” we will ask “which car?” This difference is called defining or restrictive.

      I’ll tell you more about this later.

      – Rick

  6. Ewelina says:

    I did all exercises, the lessons helped, but still adjective classes are not similar in my native language, so I had some problems answering correctly around 10% of them. Really enjoyed exercises tough.

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