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"relative clause" in British English

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relative clausenoun [C]

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part of a ​sentence that cannot ​existindependently and ​describes a ​noun that comes before it in the ​mainpart of the ​sentence: In the ​sentence "The woman who I ​met was ​wearing a ​brownhat", "who I ​met" is a ​relativeclause.

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(Definition of relative clause from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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relative clausenoun [C]

 us   /ˈrel·ə·t̬ɪv ˈklɔz/
grammar a clause in a ​sentence that cannot ​existindependently, ​begins with a relative ​pronoun, and ​describes a ​noun that comes before it: In the ​sentence "The ​movie that we ​saw was very good," "that we ​saw" is a relative clause.
(Definition of relative clause from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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