ESL Term:

Adjective Clause

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adjective clauses: Subordinate clauses that act as adjectives. They modify nouns:

I saw a man who I had never seen.

Here are the items that you requested.


I couldn't find the house where I lived as a boy.


Here is an adjective clause modifying a noun clause with an adverbial clause thrown in as well:

What he often does that really annoys me is interrupt me when I am speaking to someone.


Adjective clauses can be restrictive or nonrestrictive. All of the examples above are restrictive clauses.