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Test on Relative Clauses

Test your knowledge on Relative Clauses. After submitting your answers, you will see how well you have done in the test.


Choose the correct relative pronoun or relative adverb.

  1. The woman is sitting at the desk is Mr Winter's secretary.
  2. I cannot remember the reason he wanted us to leave.
  3. Jane, mother is a physician, is very good at biology.
  4. She didn’t see the snake was lying on the ground.
  5. Do you know the shop Andrew picked me up?

Combine the sentences with relative clauses. (Decide whether to use commas or not.)

  1. A monk is a man. The man has devoted his life to God.
    A monk
  2. I have one black cat. His name is Blacky.
    I have
  3. A herbivore is an animal. The animal feeds upon vegetation.
    A herbivore
  4. Carol plays the piano brilliantly. She is only 9 years old.
  5. Sydney is the largest Australian city. It is not the capital of Australia.

Combine the sentences with contact clauses.

  1. We ordered a book. It was very expensive.
  2. You are sitting on a bench. The paint on the bench is still wet.
  3. The photographer could not develop the pictures. I had taken them in Australia.
  4. One of the bins smells awful. You haven’t emptied the bin for 3 weeks.
  5. They are singing a song. I don’t know the song.

Combine the sentences with relative clauses or contact clauses. Use contact clauses where possible. (Decide whether to use commas or not.)

  1. The city seems to be abandoned. It is usually crowded with people.
  2. You made an offer. We cannot accept it.
  3. A midwife is a woman. She assists other women in childbirth.
    A woman
  4. Three youngsters were arrested by the police. They had committed criminal offences.
    The police
  5. The World Wide Web has become an essential part of our lives. It was invented by Tim Berners-Lee.
    Tim Berners-Lee

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