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Recognise Relative Clauses

In this worksheet, students practise identifying relative clauses and choosing appropriate relative pronouns.

'Recognise Relative Clauses' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:  Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A relative clause forms part of a complex sentence. It is a type of subordinate clause that gives more information about a noun.


 

The dog that has three legs lives next door.

 

The underlined clause gives the reader important information about the dog.

 

Relative clauses usually begin with relative pronouns such as who, which, that and whose, although sometimes the pronoun can be left out.

The hotel that we stayed in was very comfortable.

The hotel we stayed in was very comfortable.

 

The relative clause always comes straight after the noun that is being described.

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The restaurant that won the award is on the High Street.

relative clause

not a relative clause

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The pupils were sent home from school early because the heating broke down.

relative clause

not a relative clause

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

Philip rode his bike home although it had a slow puncture.

relative clause

not a relative clause

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The horse that won the race was called Flying Arrow.

relative clause

not a relative clause

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

That's the essay I wrote.

relative clause

not a relative clause

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

The person __________ car is blocking the exit is requested to move it.

who

that

which

whose

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence. This time there are two possible answers.

 

The car ________ won the race was driven by a woman.

who

which

that

whose

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

Pupils __________ names begin with A should come up first.

who

which

that

whose

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

The lion __________ face was scarred had been in a fight with another lion.

who

which

that

whose

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence. This time there are three possible choices.

 

The baby __________ is in the picture is five months old.

who

which

that

whose

  • Question 1

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The restaurant that won the award is on the High Street.

CORRECT ANSWER
relative clause
EDDIE SAYS
The underlined clause tells us more about the restaurant so it is a relative clause.
  • Question 2

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The pupils were sent home from school early because the heating broke down.

CORRECT ANSWER
not a relative clause
EDDIE SAYS
The underlined clause does not come straight after either of the nouns (pupils or school). It gives information about why the pupils were sent home, not about the pupils or the school itself.
  • Question 3

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

Philip rode his bike home although it had a slow puncture.

CORRECT ANSWER
not a relative clause
EDDIE SAYS
The underlined clause is the main clause in this sentence.
  • Question 4

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

The horse that won the race was called Flying Arrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
relative clause
  • Question 5

Decide whether the underlined part of the following sentence is a relative clause or not.

 

That's the essay I wrote.

CORRECT ANSWER
relative clause
EDDIE SAYS
The relative pronoun 'that' has been missed out of this sentence but the underlined part is still a relative clause.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

The person __________ car is blocking the exit is requested to move it.

CORRECT ANSWER
whose
EDDIE SAYS
The pronoun 'whose' shows possession.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence. This time there are two possible answers.

 

The car ________ won the race was driven by a woman.

CORRECT ANSWER
which
that
EDDIE SAYS
Although both of these are correct, the pronoun 'that' is used more commonly these days.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

Pupils __________ names begin with A should come up first.

CORRECT ANSWER
whose
  • Question 9

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence.

 

The lion __________ face was scarred had been in a fight with another lion.

CORRECT ANSWER
whose
  • Question 10

Choose the correct relative pronoun to complete the following sentence. This time there are three possible choices.

 

The baby __________ is in the picture is five months old.

CORRECT ANSWER
who
which
that
EDDIE SAYS
Although all three answers are correct, it is best to use 'who' when we are talking about humans.
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