字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi. Welcome back to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. In today's lesson we're going to look at the adjective clause. Now, this is a dependent clause, and if you're not sure what the difference between dependent or independent clause, you can check out my video about the independent clause and my introduction video to dependent clauses. In this lesson we're going to dive a little bit deeper into this particular dependent clause, the adjective clause. Now, some of you will have grammar... Different grammar books, and some of you will see this called the relative clause. Relative clause, adjective clause, same thing. Different books like to call them different things. Okay? So we're going to look at this. Now, the first thing to remember about an adjective clause before we look at the actual structure of it, the full clause is essentially an adjective. Although it's a clause, means it has a subject, and a verb, and maybe some modifiers - the whole piece, the whole clause together works like an adjective. So, because it works like an adjective: What does that mean? It means that it's giving you some information about a noun somewhere in the sentence. You could have many nouns in a sentence, you could have many adjective clauses in a sentence. There's no limit to how many you can have, although try not to have too many in one sentence because the sentence becomes very bulky, not a very good sentence. So let's get right into it. First of all, we have two types of adjective clause. We have a defining adjective clause, which means that it's basically pointing to the noun and telling you something necessary about the noun. Without the adjective clause, the noun is incomplete. I don't know what it is, I don't know what it's doing, etc. The second adjective clause is the modifying, means it is not necessary but we put it in to give a little bit of extra information about the noun. Okay? So it's like an adjective that just gives you a little bit more description about the noun. Two things to remember: The defining noun. Now, one of the biggest questions about adjective clauses is: Do I use a comma or do I not use a comma? For defining adjective clauses, no comma. For modifying, like the extra information, the ones that you could actually take out and the sentence is still okay, use a comma. We're going to look at examples and understand this more. Now, another thing to know about adjective clauses: They all begin with a relative pronoun. Okay? A relative pronoun. This is basically the conjunction of the clause. It is what begins the clause. Now, some of these can be also the subject of the clause, which means it will agree with the verb; some of them cannot. So these three... Whoa, sorry. "That", "which", and "who" can be both the conjunction and the subject. These ones: "whom", "whose", "when", "where", and "why" cannot be the subject of the clause; only the relative pronoun, only the conjunction of the clause. Now, in many cases, "that" can also be removed, but we're going to look at that separately. So, let's look at some examples to get an idea. "The man lives next door." So here we have an independent clause. Independent clause means it's a complete idea, it stands by itself as a sentence, it doesn't really need anything else. But the problem is "the man". Which man? That man, that man, the man across the street? I don't know. So this sentence, although it's grammatically complete, is technically, in terms of meaning, incomplete because I don't know who this man is. I need to identify him. So you can think of defining or identifying. Okay? I want to point specifically to one man because I have "the man". I'm looking at somebody specific. So here's one way we can do it: "The man who lives next door"-"who lives next door" -"is a doctor". Okay? So, again, I still have my independent clause: "The man is a doctor", but now I have my adjective, my identifying adjective clause telling me who the man is. Now, because I need this, I need this clause to identify, to define this man amongst all the possible men, then there's no comma here if you'll notice. And "who" is also the subject of the clause. Subject: "who", "lives" verb. Now, before I continue: What's the difference between "who" and "whom"? "Who" can be a subject, "whom" can only be an object. So you can never use "whom" with a verb. If you see "whom" beginning an adjective clause, there must be a separate subject in that clause, otherwise you're using it incorrectly. Okay? Same with these: "whose", "when", "where", and "why" all must have a separate subject to go with the verb in the clause. So now, I've identified the man, now I have a complete sentence with complete meaning. I can go on to my next sentence. Let's look at this example: "Dr. Smith, who lives next door, is a retired surgeon." Now, here you'll notice... Well, let me go back to my red pen, here. Here you'll notice I have a comma and a comma. What does this mean? It means that "who lives next door" is just extra information. I can take it out. "Dr. Smith is a retired surgeon." Here's my independent clause. Complete, doesn't need any more information. This is a choice. I want to give you a little bit of information, tell you where he lives. Now, you're thinking: "Well, why don't I need to identify him?" Because this is a proper name. Dr. Smith, I've already identified him by saying who, Dr. Smith. That's the person, that's his name, that's his honorific. He's a doctor, Smith. There's not that many Dr. Smiths around here anyway, so we already know who he is. I don't need to identify him, so this is extra information. Okay? Now, you can use all of these with a comma or without a comma. You can use all the conjunctions, all the relative pronouns I should say more correctly, you can use all of them in both identifying and non-identifying. We're just modifying uses. By the way, "modifying", just in case, means to change. So when you modify something, basically you're changing the meaning of it because you're giving more information, you're giving a more complete meaning so you're slightly changing it. So, for example, if I say: "The car", well, it could be any car, but if I say: "The red car", then I'm specifically pointing to one and I've changed the meaning of the word "car" because I've made it only one specific car, so I've modified the noun. Okay? We're going to look at some more examples and you'll see... But before that, actually, "that" and "which" we use when we're talking out... When the noun is a thing. Okay? You could use "that" for people, but why? You have "who" or "whom". If you have "who", use "who"; if you have "that", use "that" for things. That way you don't confuse yourself, less chance to make a mistake. One of the problems with this word: "whose", everybody... Or not everybody, but many people... I shouldn't say that, sorry. "Who", this word has nothing to do with "who", has nothing to do with person only. "Whose" means possession. Okay? It doesn't have to be about a person. A thing can possess something. The car whose front door... Left door is scratched is going to be repaired next week. "Whose" means the door belongs to the car. The car is a thing, but I can still use "whose". So don't confuse "whose" with people. It's just possession. "When", time; "where", place; "why". I put this one in brackets because really you can only say: "The reason why he did that." I... I'm a grammar purist, I'm sorry to say, and some of you might laugh at me, but I hate when I see: "The reason why." It's not wrong, it's commonly used, it's accepted, but reason is a thing. So I say: "The reason that he", etc. There's no need to use "why". The reason means why, use that. But if you use "why", you're okay, that's why I've put it in brackets. I don't like it, but it's acceptable. Use at your own discretion. Okay, let's look at some more examples. Okay, let's look at a few more samples, and we'll get into a little bit more detail about what's going on. "Jerry went to the same store where Jennifer bought her couch." So now, Jerry went shopping for a couch, and he went to a particular place. So he went to the same store where... So now I'm pointing to a place, the store. I could say: "The same store that Jennifer bought her couch at", but not a very good sentence. If it's a place, I can point to it as a place. Just use "where". I'm going to show you after, I'm going to show you a different way to say it using "at", "which", or whatever, a preposition plus "which". We're going to get to that. So, another thing you'll notice: There's no comma here. I'm identifying the store. The same store as what? The same store as she went, the same store as she went? No. The same store where Jennifer bought her couch. So I have to identify which store.