Relative pronouns

June 11th, 201211:38 pm


Relative pronouns

Relative pronouns who, whose, which, that, as not only point back to a noun or a pronoun mentioned before, but also have conjunctive power, since their function is to introduce attributive clauses. Their status of pronouns is rather relative, since they combine both the function of pure syntactic con­nectors and the ability to be a subject, an object or an attribute in an attribu­tive subordinate clause.

It was an ancient sundial of sorts, a vestige of the pagan temple that had once stood on this very spot. (Brown)

…she felt her mind reeling back ten years to the night she had mis­takenly surprised her grandfather and witnessed what she still could not accept. (Brown)

Painted on a poplar wood panel, the Mona Lisa’s ethereal, mist-filled atmosphere was attributed to Da Vinci’s mastery of the sfumato style, in which forms appear to evaporate into one another. (Brown)

“So we have the male god, Amon. He wrote it down. “And the female goddess, Isis, whose ancient pictogram was once called L’ISA. (Brown)

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