# Relative Clauses Test! Trivia Quiz

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What do you know about relative clauses? Do you believe you can sail through this quiz? A relative clause is the type most often considered, qualifies a specific element occurring in the main clause, and refers to that element employing some inherent device within the clause. The relative clause may also act as an embedded clause within the main clause. Take this quiz and learn more about relative clauses.

• 1.

### We use defining relative clauses to give essential information about a person, thing, place, time or reason and to make it clear which one we are talking about

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Defining relative clauses are used to provide crucial information about a person, thing, place, time, or reason. They help to specify and clarify the particular one being referred to. By using defining relative clauses, we can avoid ambiguity and ensure that the intended meaning is clear. Therefore, the statement is true as it accurately describes the purpose and function of defining relative clauses.

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• 2.

### We don't use commas to separate a defining relative clause from the main clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When using a defining relative clause, which provides essential information to identify or define the noun it modifies, we do not use commas to separate it from the main clause. The defining relative clause is necessary for the sentence to make sense and cannot be removed without changing the meaning. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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• 3.

### WHO, WHICH, THAT are relative pronouns.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
WHO, WHICH, and THAT are indeed relative pronouns. Relative pronouns are used to introduce relative clauses, which provide additional information about a noun or pronoun in the main clause. WHO is used for people, WHICH is used for things or animals, and THAT can be used for both. These pronouns help to connect the relative clause to the main clause and make the sentence more cohesive.

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• 4.

### A relative pronoun WHO, WHICH, THAT can be the subject of a defining relative clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Relative pronouns such as "who," "which," and "that" can indeed function as the subject of a defining relative clause. These clauses provide essential information about the noun they modify and cannot be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence. Therefore, it is true that relative pronouns can act as the subject in such clauses.

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• 5.

### A relative pronoun WHO(M), WHICH, THAT cannot be the object of a defining relative clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
A relative pronoun WHO(M), WHICH, THAT can be the object of a defining relative clause. Defining relative clauses provide essential information about the noun they modify, and the relative pronoun serves as the subject or object of the clause. For example, in the sentence "The book that I bought is interesting," "that" is the relative pronoun and the object of the defining relative clause "that I bought." Therefore, the given statement is false.

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• 6.

### WHOM is not more formal than WHO.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The statement "WHOM is not more formal than WHO" is false. In formal English, "whom" is considered more formal than "who." "Whom" is used as an object pronoun, while "who" is used as a subject pronoun. In formal writing or when addressing someone of higher status, it is more appropriate to use "whom" instead of "who."

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• 7.

### We often omit the relative pronoun when it is the object. Example: There are a few things (which/that) I need to buy before we leave.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When we have a relative pronoun as the object of a sentence, it is common to omit it. In the given example, the sentence "There are a few things I need to buy before we leave" is correct because the relative pronoun "which/that" is the object of the verb "buy." This omission is acceptable in English grammar and commonly used in spoken and informal written English. Therefore, the statement "We often omit the relative pronoun when it is the object" is true.

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• 8.

### When the verb has a preposition, the preposition usually usually comes at the end of the relative clause. Example: That's the hotel (which/that) we were looking for.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When a verb is followed by a preposition, the preposition typically comes at the end of the relative clause. In the given example, the verb "looking for" is followed by the preposition "for," which is placed at the end of the relative clause. Therefore, the statement is true.

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• 9.

### In formal English the preposition can come before the relative pronouns WHOM or WHICH, but not before WHO or THAT.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
In formal English, it is grammatically correct to place a preposition before the relative pronouns "whom" or "which." However, it is not considered correct to place a preposition before the relative pronouns "who" or "that." Therefore, the statement "In formal English the preposition can come before the relative pronouns WHOM or WHICH, but not before WHO or THAT" is true.

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• 10.

### We do not use WHOSE to show possession.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The statement is false because we do use "whose" to show possession. "Whose" is a possessive pronoun that is used to indicate ownership or possession of something. For example, "Whose book is this?" or "Whose car is parked outside?" are both examples of using "whose" to show possession.

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• 11.

### We do not use WHERE, WHEN/THAT and WHY/THAT to refer to place, time and reason.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The given answer is false because we do use WHERE, WHEN/THAT, and WHY/THAT to refer to place, time, and reason. These words are commonly used to indicate the location, time, and cause of an event or action.

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• 12.

### We never use non-defining relative clauses to add extra information to the main clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Non-defining relative clauses are used to add extra information to the main clause. These clauses are set off by commas and can be removed from the sentence without changing the meaning of the main clause. They provide additional details about the noun they modify but are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. Therefore, the statement that we never use non-defining relative clauses to add extra information to the main clause is false.

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• 13.

### Non-defining relative clauses are not essential to identify what we are talking about.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Non-defining relative clauses provide additional information about a noun, but they are not necessary to understand the main subject of a sentence. These clauses can be removed from the sentence without affecting its meaning or clarity. Therefore, it is true that non-defining relative clauses are not essential for identifying what we are talking about.

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• 14.

### The main clause doesn't make sense without the non-defining relative clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The main clause doesn't make sense without the non-defining relative clause. This statement implies that the non-defining relative clause is necessary for the main clause to have meaning. However, this is not true. Non-defining relative clauses provide additional information about a noun, but they are not essential for the main clause to make sense. The main clause can still be complete and meaningful without the non-defining relative clause. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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• 15.

### We can use WHOM in formal English.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
In formal English, it is grammatically correct to use "whom" as an object pronoun. "Whom" is used when referring to the object of a verb or a preposition. Although its usage has become less common in informal speech, it is still considered appropriate in formal writing or when speaking in a more formal setting.

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• 16.

### When the verb has a preposition, the preposition usually comes at the end of the non-defining relative clause.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When a verb in a non-defining relative clause is followed by a preposition, the preposition typically appears at the end of the clause. This is because the preposition is directly associated with the verb and its object, and placing it at the end helps to maintain clarity and avoid confusion. Therefore, the statement "When the verb has a preposition, the preposition usually comes at the end of the non-defining relative clause" is true.

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• 17.

### In formal English the preposition can also come before WHOM and WHICH.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
In formal English, it is grammatically correct to place the preposition before "whom" and "which." This means that instead of saying "To whom did you speak?" it is also acceptable to say "Whom did you speak to?" Similarly, instead of saying "The book on which I am reading," it is also acceptable to say "The book which I am reading on." Therefore, the statement "In formal English the preposition can also come before WHOM and WHICH" is true.

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• 18.

### We can use THAT or omit the object pronoun in non-defining relative clauses.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
In non-defining relative clauses, we cannot omit the object pronoun. The object pronoun is necessary to clearly identify the noun being referred to in the clause. Omitting the object pronoun would result in an incomplete or unclear sentence. Therefore, the statement is false.

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• 19.

### We use WHOSE for possession, WHERE for place and WHEN for time.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
This statement is true because "whose" is used to indicate possession, "where" is used to indicate place, and "when" is used to indicate time. These are the correct relative pronouns to use in these contexts.

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• 20.

### Non-defining relative clauses are not separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Non-defining relative clauses are actually separated from the rest of the sentence by commas. These clauses provide additional information about a noun but are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. The use of commas helps to set them apart and make it clear that they are not integral to the main clause. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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