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relative pronoun

one of the pronouns who, whom, which, what, their compounds with -ever or -soever, or that used as the subordinating word to introduce a subordinate clause, especially such a pronoun referring to an antecedent.
Origin of relative pronoun
First recorded in 1520-30
Usage note
See who. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Antecedent—That to which a relative pronoun or a relative clause refers.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • This is often true when it is used with an interrogative or relative pronoun.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • When using the relative pronoun, use who or which, if the meaning is and he or and it, for he or for it.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The relative pronoun should come, as a rule, immediately after its antecedent.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • As in this line (after such) has the force of a relative pronoun.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • The word as is a relative pronoun only after "such" or "same."

    Practical Exercises in English Huber Gray Buehler
  • Also, by the way, in its careless rapture it twice misrelates the relative pronoun; and Froude was a master of style.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A relative pronoun must agree with its antecedent in gender, number, and person.

  • The case of a relative pronoun has nothing to do with its antecedent, but depends on the construction of its own clause.

  • A relative pronoun that serves merely to introduce a descriptive fact is called a descriptive relative.

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