Relative Clauses – Exercises

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Exercise

Choose the correct relative pronoun.

  1. La maison je suis né n’existe plus.[The house where I was born doesn’t exist anymore.]|
  2. Ce à je pense ne t’intéresse pas.[What I’m thinking about wouldn’t interest you.]|The relative pronoun refers to ce and represents an indirect object.
  3. Mes enfants, je vois peu, m’écrivent régulièrement.[My children, whom I rarely see, write to me often.]|Que refers to mes enfants and is a direct object in the relative clause.
  4. La veste il rêve est hors de prix.[The jacket that he dreams about is very expensive.]|Rêver takes the preposition de.
  5. C’est une région attire de nombreux touristes.[It’s a region that attracts a lot of tourists.]|Qui refers to région and is a subject in the relative clause.

Turn the underlined part of the sentence into a relative clause by using relative pronouns.

  1. C’est une moto. Tu as acheté une moto.
    → Est-ce la moto [Is this the motorbike that you bought?]|Que represents moto and is the direct object.|The participle agrees with the object.
  2. Tu as un tatouage. Tu as imaginé le dessin de ton tatouage.
    → Tu as un tatouage [You have a tattoo whose design you thought up yourself.]|For phrases with de, we use the relative pronoun dont.
  3. Sylvie porte une jupe. Elle a peint une fleur sur sa jupe.
    → Sylvie porte la jupe [Sylvie is wearing the skirt on which she has painted a flower.]
  4. Mes cousins ont un ami. Cet ami habite à Francfort.
    → Mes cousins ont un ami [My cousins have a friend who lives in Frankfurt.]|Qui is the subject of habite.
  5. Voici mon amie. Je lui ai prêté ma voiture.
    → Voici l'amie [This is the friend who has borrowed my car.]

Choose the correct relative pronoun, paying attention to number and gender.

  1. La blessure à cause j’ai raté la course me fait mal.[The injury that caused me to miss the race is hurting.]|blessure: singular, feminine
  2. Le magasin je suis allé était minuscule.[The shop I went into was tiny.]|magasin: singular, masculine
  3. Les chemins par tu passes ne sont pas les plus simples.[The roads you take are not the easiest.]|chemins: plural, masculine
  4. Les dames avec il travaille l’apprécient.[The women with whom he works appreciate him.]|dames: singular, feminine
  5. L’exposé pour j’ai tant travaillé a été reporté.[The presentation I worked so hard on was postponed.]|exposé: singular, masculine