relative clause

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relative clause

Post by hanuman_2000 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:44 am


Generally, a relative clause starts with a relative pronoun and it may be a defining clause or non-defining clause. These clauses are also called adjectival clauses. There is another relative clause which is known as an adverb relative clause, it may also be a defining or non-defining clause. It also defines a noun related to time,place and reason.

1.I can't remember a time when I was so happy.

What terms do we use for these adverb relative clause? ( We generally use the term adjective clause for the relative clause containing relative pronoun)

Could you please explain it?


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Re: relative clause

Post by Alan » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:52 am

The clause may be introduced by a relative ADVERB, but is nevertheless still an ADJECTIVAL clause!