Relative and Interrogative Pronouns
Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:57 PM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:47 AM
1. The person who stole the jewels was sentenced to jail. In this example the word ‘who’ relates the person to the verb (stole).
Interrogative pronouns are generally used in forming questions that require an answer. Interrogative pronouns can also act as determiners (they are called as interrogative adjectives in this role).
1. Who won the race? In this example, ‘who’ is used in framing a question.
2. I know who won the race. In this example, ‘who’ is used as an interrogative adjective.
Thus, ‘who’ is a word that can be used both as a relative as well as an interrogative pronoun.
One of the main difficulties in using pronouns is the choosing between the words ‘whom’ and ‘who’ and between ‘which’ and ‘that’.
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