Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses: Activity 4


Now have a go at writing your own relative clauses by mixing and matching the clauses below. Join them together with that, which or who.  Choose how you are going to make your meaning clear to the reader.

·       Are you going to use punctuation to identify a restrictive relative clause?

·       Are you going to vary your choice of subordinating conjunctions?

·       Or is it clear from the context what kind of relative clause you are using?

For each of your sentences, say whether the relative clause is restrictive or non-restrictive. Think of a situation in which the restrictive or non-restrictive relative clause would make sense.

I like the cake…






… likes to play the piano

Have you read the book…

… tastes of strawberries

Yesterday I met a boy…

… I gave to you

Jake has a younger sister…

… knew how to juggle

I have a hamster…

... is very peculiar

For example:





type of relative clause

I like the cake that I gave to you

but not the one that I gave to Hanna.


I like the cake, which I gave to you,

but I hate the biscuits, which I fed to the dog!



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