Essential English Grammar by Philip Gucker

By Philip Gucker

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A relative clause depends upon a word or words in the main clause: The man who stole the car has been caught. The man has been caught is the main clause. The relative clause is used as an adjective to modify the noun man. Notice that the relative pronoun who does double duty: it is the subject of stole in the relative clause; it also stands for the noun man, and connects the relative clause to this noun. The choice of who or whom depends on its construction in the relative clause: The man whom you accused is not guilty.

But nouns ending iny preceded by a vowel are regular: toy, toys; donkey, donkeys; valley, valleys. In addition to these larger groups, all of which add either s or es for the plural, there are a number of small groups of nouns with special plurals: no change: sheep, sheep; deer, deer; fish, fish; species, species internal changes: foot, feet; tooth, teeth; mouse, mice; man, men adding en: ox, oxen; child, children a to ae: alumna (feminine), alumnae; nebula, nebulae; vertebra, vertebrae us to i: alumnus (masculine), alumni; radius, radii; stimulus, stimuli um to a: memorandum, memoranda; medium, media; datum, data is to es: basis, bases; oasis, oases; thesis, theses on to a: criterion, criteria; phenomenon, phenomena Finally, compound nouns must be considered individually.

A relative clause depends upon a word or words in the main clause: The man who stole the car has been caught. The man has been caught is the main clause. The relative clause is used as an adjective to modify the noun man. Notice that the relative pronoun who does double duty: it is the subject of stole in the relative clause; it also stands for the noun man, and connects the relative clause to this noun. The choice of who or whom depends on its construction in the relative clause: The man whom you accused is not guilty.

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