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Academic Questions in English
The acronym Wi-Fi stands for _____.
A. Wireless Files
B. Wireless Flips
C. Wireless Fidelity
D. Wireless Freedom
E. Wireless and Free
F. Wireless Fun
The words massacre and bloodbath are _____.
_____ are words or a phrases or expressions that have an exact or closely related meaning with another word or phrase or expression
A figure of speech that shows a balanced expression written in a reverse order is the _____.
The little giant is here
The figure of speech used in the above instance is _____.
_____ is a figure of speech that uses two main words 'as and 'like' as a source of comparison between two things that normally do not have anything in common.
Tell whoever may ask that I am not interested
Whoever as used in the above sentence is a _____.
A. Simple relative pronoun
B. Compound relative pronoun
C. Complex relative pronoun
D. Complicated relative pronoun
E. Universal relative pronoun
F. Base relative pronoun
Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning relative pronouns?
A. They refer to a noun that had been previously mentioned
B. They introduce relative clauses
C. They can function as an object in a sentence
D. They can function as a partial noun in a sentence
E. They can function as a possessive pronoun in a sentence
F. They can function as a subject in a sentence
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To gain an insight on what relative pronouns really are, we need to understand how nouns and pronouns function.
A noun is a name of any person, animal place or thing.
Example of nouns are: Olawunmi (person), dove (animal), lekki (place) and pen (thing).
A pronoun is a word used instead of a noun.
Examples of pronouns are: he, she, they and so on.
Consider the statements below:
'Olawunmi (name of a person)' and 'cinema (a place)' are both nouns in the above instance.
'She' is a pronoun because it was used instead of Olawunmi.
A pronoun that refers to a noun that had been previously mentioned is termed a relative pronoun.
A relative pronoun is always related to a previously used noun. They are often used to join or connect two sentences, (that is, they can act a conjunctions). Also, they can stand alone as the subject or object of a sentence.
The list of relative pronouns in English language are quite limited but the frequently used ones include:
Below are some examples of relative pronouns in sentences:
Understand that the relative pronouns 'whoever, however, whomever, whichever, whenever, wherever and whatever' are all categorized as compound relative pronouns. They are called compound relative pronouns because they generally apply to more than one person or thing. The examples below shows their usage in sentences:
It is important to note that relative clauses are often introduced into sentences by relative pronouns. For this reason: relative pronouns may also be defined as those words that introduce relative clauses.
Relative clauses are non-essential parts of a sentence that adds more meaning to the sentence, but if they are removed, the sentence will still remain functional and meaningful grammatically. Let's consider the instance below:
The policemen who came to our house were very brutal.
The relative clause 'came to our house' began with the relative pronoun 'who'
Relative pronouns can also function as a possessive pronoun, an object, or a subject within a sentence. Consider the instances below:
Without relative pronoun, there will be no relative clause. A relative pronoun always introduces the relative clause. Consider the sentence below:
He killed the snake.
With a relative clause, the above sentence will have a clearer meaning.
He killed the snake that swallowed the three chicks.
Now, you can see that the relative pronoun 'that' introduces the relative clause 'swallowed the three chicks'. The use of a relative pronoun gave us more information about the snake.
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Homonyms are words with the same spellings, same sounds but different meanings.
Below are some sentences containing homonyms with their respective meanings:
We have a keen match against Ronaldo’s team and Messi seems to be keen.
Keen: An involvement of people competing very hard for something.
Keen: Very interested in something.
Regardless the tear you shed, Mr. Frank will still tear your examination scripts.
Tear: The drop of liquid that comes out from a person's eye when they cry.
Tear: To damage something by pulling or cutting it apart.
There isn't any jot of truth in what he said, so I didn't jot anything down.
Jot: A very small amount of something
Jot: To write something quickly
Certain words in English language appear to be similar but are quite different in meaning.
The table below shows some examples:
Synonyms should not be confused with the above instance. They are different words with similar meanings.
Some words always exist in the plural form. Examples of such words are:
Possessive adjective tells you the owner of a thing. For instance;
This is his car.
'His' in the above statement is describing him as the owner of the car; and this makes 'his' a possessive adjective.
That is your bag.
'Your' is a possessive adjective in the above statement.
Note: An adjective is a word that describes a noun.
Possessive pronouns show possession.
A possessive pronoun will always correspond with each of the personal pronouns. For Instance:
I own the book. ('I' is a personal pronoun)
The book is mine. ('Mine' is the possessive pronoun)
She owns a car. ('She' is a personal pronoun)
The car is hers. ('Hers' is the possessive pronoun)