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relative pronoun

noun
1.
one of the pronouns who, whom, which, what, their compounds with -ever or -soever, or that used as the subordinating word to introduce a subordinate clause, especially such a pronoun referring to an antecedent.
Origin of relative pronoun
1520-1530
1520-30
Usage note
See who.
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  • Tell, in each sentence, whether who or whom is an interrogative or a relative pronoun.

  • This is often true when it is used with an interrogative or relative pronoun.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • These forms are incorrect unless the relative pronoun has been used previously in the sentence.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
  • When using the relative pronoun, use who or which, if the meaning is and he or and it, for he or for it.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • As as a relative pronoun, good ons for good ones, syngyne for singing, wyche for which and watt for what are valuable signs.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • As in this line (after such) has the force of a relative pronoun.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • As may be used as a relative pronoun when such stands in the main clause.

  • The word as is a relative pronoun only after "such" or "same."

    Practical Exercises in English Huber Gray Buehler
  • In these sentences as is really used as a relative pronoun, connecting these adjective clauses to the words which they modify.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • Also, by the way, in its careless rapture it twice misrelates the relative pronoun; and Froude was a master of style.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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