Practice in Identifying Adjective Clauses

An Identification Exercise in English Grammar

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After reviewing the article on Subordination With Adjective Clauses, try to identify the adjective clauses in these 10 sentences.

Instructions for the Exercise in Identifying Adjective Clauses

Only some of the sentences below contain adjective clauses (also called relative clauses). See if you can pick out the adjective clauses, and then compare your responses with the answers below.

  1. I bought a car from Merdine, and it turned out to be a lemon.
  1. The car that I bought from Merdine turned out to be a lemon.
  2. Pandora, who had recently celebrated a birthday, opened the box of gifts.
  3. Lila, who has been the fire warden for 30 years, lives in a trailer with some scrappy dogs and cats.
  4. Lila, who lives in a trailer with some scrappy dogs and cats, has been the fire warden for 30 years.
  5. People who smoke cigarettes should be considerate of nonsmokers.
  6. Jacob, who smokes cigarettes, is considerate of nonsmokers.
  7. Mr. Mann has small, dark eyes, which peer inquisitively from behind metal-rimmed glasses.
  8. My wedding ring is worth at least ten dollars, and now I have lost it.
  9. I have lost my wedding ring, which is worth at least ten dollars.

Answers

1. (no adjective clause)
2. that I bought from Merdine
3. who had recently celebrated a birthday
4. who has been the town fire warden for nearly 30 years
5. who lives in a trailer with some scrappy dogs and cats
6. who smoke cigarettes
7.

who smokes cigarettes
8. which peer inquisitively from behind metal-rimmed glasses
9. (no adjective clause)
10.which is worth at least ten dollars

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