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Adjective Clauses & Phrases


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Adjective clauses are groups of words containing a subject and a verb that act as an adjective. Adjective clauses are dependent and are introduced by dependent signals which are relative pronouns or relative adverbs. The relative pronouns are who, whom, whose, which or that. The relative adverbs are when, whaere or why.

The following table gives some examples. The adjective clauses are in italics.


The dog, which is very frisky, ran ran around the house.
The continent that is the largest is Asia.
The apple will fall from the tree when it is ripe.






Adjective phrases are groups of words acting as an adjective without a subject and verb. They consist of a main adjective with supporting words.

The table below gives some examples. The adjective phrases are in italics:


The dollar has been the strongest of the world's currencies.
The can is full of oil
The lions are very large.



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