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4 Steps to Relative Clauses 2

by Insights to English | 05 Jan 2018
Resource Description: This video talks about non-defining relative clauses and why we use them.  It features creating a relative clause and adding it to another sentence in 4 steps.
Audience: Adult, Elementary, Secondary, Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate
Teaching Tip:

Relative Clauses are one way to add information to something in the connected main clause.  In essence, we create them by combining two sentences (or more accurately: two clauses), but we need to rearrange things:

  1. Given two clauses, find the common element between them.  This is usually a noun or noun phrase, but it can also be a verb phrase.
  2. Decide which of the clauses is the relative one.  Place that whole relative clause after the common element in the other clause.
  3. Remove the common element from the relative clause.
  4. Add 'who', 'which', 'where', 'when', or 'whose' - whichever matches the common element - in front of the relative clause.

For more details and examples, watch this video.