Daily Grammar

Lesson 260

Parts of the Sentence - Adjective Clauses

In using an adjective clauseThe adjective clause is a dependent clause that is used to modify a noun or a pronoun. It will begin with a relative pronoun (who, whose, whom, which, and that) or a subordinate conjunction (when and where). Those are the only words that can be used to introduce an adjective clause.
Source: Lesson 251
, you should always place it as near to the word it modifies as possible. If you misplace the adjective clause, it makes a ridiculous sentence or one that is unclear.

I waved to my dog from the car that had just licked my face. = incorrect
(The car did not lick my face; the dog did.)
I waved to my dog that had just licked my face from the car. = correct


Instructions: Rewrite the following sentences placing the adjective clause in the correct place.

1. The tall man was stopped by a police officer who had been acting suspiciously.

The tall man, who had been acting suspiciously, was stopped by a police officer.

2. We found the key under the couch that had been lost.

We found the key that had been lost under the couch.

3. She took the letter to the post office, which she had written earlier.

She took the letter, which she had written earlier, to the post office.

4. The rosebush is next to a weedy lot that is very beautiful.

The rosebush that is very beautiful is next to a weedy lot.

5. The tanker sailed into the harbor, which was carrying a load of oil.

The tanker, which was carrying a load of oil, sailed into the harbor.

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