Clauses Exercise (209)

Each of the following sentences contains one main clause and one subordinate clause (in boldface). Say whether the subordinate clause is an adverb clause or an adjective clause.

  • The troops that came from Georgia were well-drilled.

  • When you are through with the paper, give it to me.

  • A Frenchman who did not know much English was trying to explain what had happened.

  • We found some mushrooms where nobody else had thought of looking.

  • The roar that came from the falls was marvelous.

Answers and Explanations

1. The troops that came from Georgia were well-drilled.

Correct: Adjective clause
The subordinate clause qualifies the noun troops.

2. When you are through with the paper, give it to me.

Correct: Adverb clause
The subordinate clause modifies the verb give.

3. A Frenchman who did not know much English was trying to explain what had happened.

Correct: Adjective clause
The subordinate clause qualifies the noun Frenchman.

4. We found some mushrooms where nobody else had thought of looking.

Correct: Adverb clause
The subordinate clause modifies the verb found.

5. The roar that came from the falls was marvelous.

Correct: Adjective clause
The subordinate clause qualifies the noun roar.

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