Relative clauses worksheet for class 8

The antecedent of a relative pronoun is the noun or pronoun modified by it.

Study the example given below.

  • The boy who was lazy was punished by the teacher.

Here the relative pronoun ‘who’ refers to the noun ‘boy’ and hence ‘boy’ is the antecedent of ‘who’. The verb in the relative clause must agree with the antecedent in number and person. You can learn more about relative clauses here.

Exercise

In the following sentences, complete the relative clause with a verb that agrees with its antecedent.

1. I, who …………………… your king, will lead you. (is / am / are)

2. Students who …………………. hard will succeed. (work / works)

3. The boys who ………………….. guilty were punished. (was / were)

4. I am the person that ………………… to blame. (is / are)

5. We will protect anyone who ………………… our help. (seek / seeks)

6. You who …………………. mighty should be merciful. (is / are)

7. He who …………………. knowledge and wisdom should be humble. (seek / seeks)

8. They who …………………. in glass houses must not throw stones. (live / lives)

9. We do not sell the flowers that ……………….. in our garden. (grow / grows)

10. This is his only movie that …………………. worth watching. (is / are)

Answers

1. I, who am your king, will lead you. (Here the verb in the relative clause ‘am’ agrees with the antecedent ‘I’.)

2. Students who work hard will succeed.

3. The boys who are guilty were punished.

4. I am the person that is to blame.

5. We will protect anyone who seeks our help.

6. You who are mighty should be merciful.

7. He who seeks knowledge and wisdom should be humble.

8. They who live in glass houses must not throw stones.

9. We do not sell the flowers that grow in our garden.

10. This is his only movie that is worth watching.

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