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    Default Relative or adjective or attributive clause

    Just have a simple question:

    Is there a place in our USINGENGLISH.com where I can find definitions of relative clause, adjective clause and attributive clause? Are they the different names of the same thing? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Relative or adjective or attributive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Thanks. But are there differences between them? I have thought of them as the different names of the same thing. But someone asked me about the differences. Honestly I don't know there is a difference.

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    Default Re: Relative or adjective or attributive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Just have a simple question:

    Is there a place in our USINGENGLISH.com where I can find definitions of relative clause, adjective clause and attributive clause? Are they the different names of the same thing? Thanks.
    A relative clause is headed (begins with) a relative pronoun. That's how its form is described. As for what it does (its function in the senetence) it acts as an adjective; it modifies a noun (which is why a relative clause can also be defined as an adjective or adjectival clause). Now, adjective clauses can occur either before or after the noun they modify. An attributive clause occurs after its noun (which is why a relative clause is also defined as an attributive clause.)

    In short,

    Form (what it looks like): relative clause
    Function (what it does): adjective clause
    Position (where it sits): attributive clause

    Have a look here.

    All the best.

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