Defining and Non-defining Relative Clauses Worksheet for Class 8 CBSE

Some relative clauses identify nouns. They tell us which person or thing is meant. In grammars these are called restrictive, defining or identifying relative clauses.

Other relative clauses simply tell us more about a person or thing that is already identified. They are called non-restrictive, non-defining or non-identifying relative clauses.

Non-defining relative clauses are usually separated by commas in writing.

Grammar Exercise

In the following sentences, identify the defining and non-defining relative clauses.

1. This is Rahul Sharma, who is joining the firm next week.

2. There I met Susan, who was my senior at school.

3. She married an engineer whom she met on a train.

4. Is this all that is left?

5. The watch that I bought yesterday is very expensive.

6. He was loved and admired by the people that he worked with.

7. Rahim, who is an architect, is from Punjab.

8. This is the woman who knocked on our door yesterday.

9. Shiva, who is an accomplished singer, has millions of fans all over the country.

10. Do you know the girl who just walked in?

11. This is Gauri, who works with my sister.

12. My brother lives in Berlin, which is the capital of Germany.

Answers

1. This is Rahul Sharma, who is joining the firm next week. (Non-defining)

2. There I met Susan, who was my senior at school. (Non-defining)

3. She married an engineer whom she met on a train. (Defining)

4. Is this all that is left? (Defining)

5. The watch that I bought yesterday is very expensive. (Defining)

6. He was loved and admired by the people that he worked with. (Defining)

7. Rahim, who is an architect, is from Punjab. (Non-defining)

8. This is the woman who knocked on our door yesterday. (Defining)

9. Shiva, who is an accomplished singer, has millions of fans all over the country. (Non-defining)

10. Do you know the girl who just walked in? (Defining)

11. This is Gauri, who works with my sister. (Non-defining)

12. My brother lives in Berlin, which is the capital of Germany. (Non-defining)

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