Intermediate English Grammar (B1) Lesson 16 of 25

Adjective Clause

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

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Conversation 1

Man: Who is this party for?
Woman: Tim. He's the guy who I was telling you about.
Man: Refresh my memory. Is he the guy who opened the new cafe.
Woman: No, that's Larry. He's the guy who just moved in to the house down the street.
Man: Oh, the house that has that huge garage.
Woman: Yes, that's the house and that's the guy.

Conversation 2

Man: So, where do you work?
Woman: I work for a tech company that makes business software.
Man: Really, what kind of software do you make?
Woman: We build tools that help companies manage their money.
Man: Really. My company, which deals with that sort of thing, might be interested.
Woman: Great. Let me give you my card.

Conversation 3

Man: Do you know why the meeting was postponed?
Woman: Yes, we need a room where we can use a projector.
Man: What about the place where we had the party?
Woman: What party?
Man: You know, the party when Kevin got promoted.
Woman: Oh, yeah. That will work.

Conversation 4

Man: So, what part of town do you live in?
Woman: I live on the far west side of town.
Man: Oh, is it nice over there?
Woman: It's OK. It has a few places where you can unwind.
Man: Oh, really. For example?
Woman: Well, there's a park where you can just relax.
Man: I think I know about that place. It's a popular place when the leaves change color.
Woman: Yes, that's the place.

Conversation 5

Man: Why is David not here today?
Woman: Good question. I don't know why he's not here.
Man: Well, it's a bad sign when he's gone.
Woman: Why do you say that?
Man: Because those are the days when we get really busy.
Woman: Geez. I hope not!

Conversation 6

Woman: Where should we go for dinner tonight?
Man: Let's go somewhere where we can watch the game.
Woman: Watch the game! I hate having dinner when there's a game on.
Man: Really, why?
Woman: Because you watch the game and we don't talk much.
Man: Fair enough. Well, we'll go someplace where I won't be distracted. I'll check the score when I get home.
Woman: Thanks. I appreciate that.

Adjective Clause / Relative Clause

Point 1: A defining relative clause is like an adjective, for it describes the noun or person by giving details about it.
  1. This is the shirt that I got on sale.
  2. This is the house that had the party.
  3. The class that I took is no longer offered at the school.
  4. Do you know someone who speaks French.
Point 2: We use that and which in defining clauses with nouns.
  1. The car that I just bought is really fast.
  2. The cafe that I usually go to is closd today.
  3. The town that I grew up in is not the same anymore.
  4. The dog which lives over there is very scary.
Point 3: We use that and who in defining clauses with people. No subject is needed in these cases.
  1. I know a guy that owns his own island.
  2. I know a guy who owns his own island.
  3. I only date people that don't smoke.
  4. I only date people who don't smoke.
Point 4: If the noun and the subject of the relative clause are the same thing, then you cannot omit the subject in the relative clause.
  1. I bought a car that runs on solar power.
  2. She lives in a house that is over 200 years old.
  3. He has a last name that is very hard to pronounce.
  4. We have a old TV which only get three channels.
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!

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So, I assume that all are invited?

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I like hiking and swimming, but not running.

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I’ve known him since high school.

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