Sometimes sentences make incomplete comparisons. The form of the pronoun can affect the meaning of such sentences. In any incomplete comparison, use the pronoun that would be correct if the comparison were complete.
Jane liked Peter more than she (did).
**Explanation - Jane and Claire liked Peter, but Jane liked him more than Claire did.
Jane liked Peter more than (she liked) her.
**Explanation - Jane liked Peter and Claire but Jane liked Peter more than she liked Claire.
Pronouns that signal a subordinate clause, which `cannot stand alone.
Divers search for reefs where much sea life exists. Divers sometimes wear weights that they strap on. **Take note: the relative pronouns are located in the half of the sentence that cannot stand alone (the subordinate clause.)
Can you find the relative pronoun in each sentence?
1. The equipment that da Vinci designed was a leather diving helmet.
2. One bell, which was made of wood, looked like an upside-down bucket.
3. Auguste Piccard designed the bathyscaphe, which is a diving vehicle.
Relative Pronouns Practice
Locate the adjective clause and identify the relative pronoun in each sentence. 4. Poles, which are used for balance and control, help skiers ski safely. which are used for balance and control 5. Thomas Jefferson, who is famous president, wrote the Declaration of Independence. who is famous president 6. At the end of a rope was an anchor that kept the boat in place. that kept the boat in place
Locate the adjective clause and identify the relative pronoun in each sentence. 7. George Washington, who was our first president, was also a fierce leader in Revolutionary War. who was our first president 8. The distance from here to the door is one yard, which is equal to three feet. which is equal to three feet 9. Scientists sometime wear goggles that they strap on. that they strap on 10. Rosa Parks, who was a civil rights activist, refused to give up her seat on a city bus. who was a civil rights activist