I am about to give you lots of examples of the adjectival clause.
But before I do that, let me show you a summary of the characteristics of what qualifies to be called an adjectival clause.
First, an adjectival clause, like other types of subordinate clauses, is usually a group of words.
Secondly, any time a group of words is qualifying a noun/noun phrase/noun clause then it must be an adjectival clause.
Finally, a group of words that begins with any of the following relative pronouns could be a good example of the adjectival clause.
- Please note: The adjectival clause is also known as a relative clause.
that (provided that it is replaceable by who/which/whom in the sentence in question)
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Examples of the adjectival clause
You can now have your examples of the adjectival clause. Note that I use every one of them in a sentence. The adjectival clause is what appears in bold lettering.
I want to group them according to the subordinating conjunctions that introduce them.
- The people who lived here were fishermen.
- Joyce is the girl who came first in the test.
- Worshipers who left early never met the priest.
- Bloggers who do not quit easily are the ones who eventually succeed.
- Tell the women who brought her home I appreciate their kind gesture.
- Do you know anything about those who staged the demonstration?
- I warned her to be wary of any man who promised her heaven and earth.
- You must report the student who stole your book to the authorities.
- This is the little girl whom you spoke about.
- They are the only friends whom I can trust.
- Uche is the name of the gentleman whom she met in Port Harcourt.
- Olu Jacobs is the actor whom we all admire.
- Kamara definitely knows the trader whom he bought the goods from.
- That is the same computer which I used several years ago.
- The incident which led to Baby T’s death is shrouded in mystery.
- He wants to live in a city which has a very low crime rate.
- Is that not the book which I gave you?
- There are rivers which date back to Mesopotamian times.
- The few flowers which once decorated the compound have all disappeared .
- It killed any other animal which came its way.
- Let me see the question which is giving you so much trouble.
- Appiah is the boy whose feet got burnt.
- Ministers whose views clashed with the president’s have all resigned.
- Ghana is the country whose citizens are not allowed to have a PayPal account.
- These are the girls whose parents have been missing.
- The people that lived in darkness have found a great light.
- She is my sister that I mentioned to you on several occasions.
- Here is the cat that ate all the fish.
- Show me the place that is more dangerous than this town.
- You are the person that we’ve been looking for.
In this case, the relative pronoun is absent but implied. You can introduce which, whom or that into the examples below.
- She followed the woman I came with. (She followed the woman WHOM I came with.)
- I can name the food you ate this afternoon. ( I can name the food WHICH/THAT you ate this afternoon.)
- Kofi can’t find the pencil we gave him. (Kofi can’t find the pencil WHICH/THAT we gave him. )
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