Errors in the use of relative pronouns

May 12, 2012pdf

Correct the following sentences

1. Jack, that is my friend, is a good boy.

2. Last year we visited Shimla that is perhaps the best hill station in India.

3. This is the house whom I purchased from Peter.

4. We bought some grapes from whose we extracted the juice.

5. He lent me a mattress on whose I slept soundly.

6. I have a friend who mother works at a bank.

7. With what were you exchanging pleasantries?

8. We met a traveler who’s bag was stolen.

9. Air, that is present everywhere, is essential for life.

10. Please try to understand that I say.

Answers

1. Jack, who is my friend, is a good boy. (That cannot be used in non-identifying relative clauses.)

2. Last year we visited Shimla which is perhaps the best hill station in India. (That is not used in non-identifying relative clauses.)

3. This is the house which I purchased from Peter. (We use which for things; who/whom for people.)

4. We bought some grapes from which we extracted juice.

5. He lent me a mattress on which I slept soundly.

6. I have a friend whose mother works at a bank.

7. With whom were you exchanging pleasantries?

8. We met a traveler whose bag was stolen. (Whose is the possessive form of who; who’s means who is or who has.)

9. Air, which is present everywhere, is essential for the existence of life.

10. Please try to understand what I say.

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