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Relative clauses (also known as adjective or adjectival clauses) are dependent clauses that provide descriptive information about a noun or noun phrase. Relative clauses are introduced by either a relative pronoun or a relative adverb, and the information they provide can either be essential or nonessential to the completeness of the sentence.
A dependent clause introduced by a relative pronoun, as which is downstairs in The dining room, which is downstairs, is too dark.
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a subordinate clause that is introduced by a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb, either expressed or deleted, and modifies an antecedent, as who saw you in That's the woman who saw you or (that) I wrote in Here's the letter (that) I wrote.
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|Noun||1.||relative clause - a clause introduced by a relative pronoun; "`who visits frequently' is a relative clause in the sentence `John, who visits frequently, is ill'"|
clause - (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
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proposition relativeproposition subordonnée relative