Relative pronouns

Relative pronouns

Example (1): There’s this local lad who wants a job.
‘who’
Example (2): … 4 machines waiting for new control cards which we understand should be there Friday.
‘which’
Example (3): … a new machine that can be changed out …
‘that’
Example (4): One of the things they picked out …
No pronoun between ‘things’ and ‘they’

Notes on relative pronouns.

  • Use ‘who’ or ‘that’
    when referring to a person, as in Example (1).
  • Use ‘which’ or ‘that’
    when referring to things, as in Examples (2) and (3).
  • You may leave out the relative pronoun
    if the pronoun is not the subject of a clause, as in Example (4).