Relative Clauses with Who, Definition and Examples

English Relative Clauses with Who, Definition and Examples

English Relative Clauses with Who, Definition and Examples



”Who” is a kind of relative clause we use when the subject or object we want to describe is a human being. Relative clauses provide details about the action specified in the preceding clause. If you wish, we can examine this in more detail through an example.

  • The woman who is with the red dress asking me the address was very beautiful.

In the above sentence, we actually see two different expressions. Let’s examine these statements one by one.

  1. In the first part of the sentence, we see that a woman asks the subject of the sentence the address. But when we examine this sentence, we do not have any information about the woman.
  2. When we examine the second part of the sentence, we get information about women. Relative clause ”who” helps us understand that the woman is wearing a red dress. Thanks to ”Who”, we can easily understand that the red dress is a descriptive element that belongs to the woman mentioned at the beginning of the sentence. In short, who represents the woman mentioned in the sentence.




Important Tip; 

When we analyze the sentence in general, we see that the general information in the sentence becomes specific thanks to the relative clause. When we first read the sentence, we think of any woman. But when we examine the continuation of the sentence, we get the information that this woman is wearing a red dress. In this way, we have more information about women and the meaning in the sentence becomes more specific. That is exactly what is provided with relative clauses.

Example Sentences with Relative Clauses WHO

  • The woman who is with the red dress asking me the address was very beautiful.
  • My teacher, who came to Spain in 2001, likes to ride her mountain bike.
  • I think the people who that live on the island are very friendly.
  • It was Mary who Alex gave the keys to.
  • I visited Arya who was ill.
  • Alex who has two children is a dentist.
  • The teacher congratulated the student who got the highest mark.

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