Defining relative clauses

Posted on Jan 8 2014 - 4:04am by Zdenda

Defining relative clauses are quite easy to understand and use. The name of the grammar sounds horrible but in fact you just need to know when you should use the words “which”, “that”, “who” and “whose”. I like teaching this piece of grammar as the students quickly get the idea and they are able to use it immediately. In this post on defining relative clauses you can find a mind map and three games to practise the grammar point.

Defining relative clauses – mind map

Always read the map clockwise. Start at the top (1 o’clock) go around the mind map.


Defining relative clauses

Defining relative clauses – games

Now that you understand the theory it is time to try it out in the real world. You can find here three games to practise defining relative clauses. First is called “Penalty”. Your task is to choose the correct option and then to score a goal.

Defining relative clauses – Penalty

The second game is slightly more difficult. It is called En garde and you have to be careful because most of the time you have to choose the option which is NOT correct. However, there are one or two items where you should choose the correct one. So pay attention.

Defining relative clauses – En Garde.

The last exercise might not seem like a game at all. It looks more like a test. You have to fill in the missing words. However, if you manage to get more than 80% of your answers correctly you will get to a page where you can play a game called “Angry finches” as a reward. So give it a try.

Defining relative clauses – Cloze test.

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By now our site contains a lot of games and mind maps to help you learn English. We think you should try for example the games on present perfect tense or on reported speech.
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15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Márcia 08/01/2014 at 12:06 pm -

    Hi, thanks for sharing! Is the defining relative clause map available for downloading?

  2. mohammed 08/01/2014 at 4:02 pm -

    this lesson can widen the brain 0f ss by using the theory mindmap..much obliged.

  3. Ahmed Al-hussami 08/01/2014 at 9:59 pm -

    Hi, thanks for sharing this useful piece of information about one of the most confused lesson among English learners. I hope you will be able to go on for more benefits.

  4. azyza 09/01/2014 at 12:35 am -

    it is good for teaching.. thanks a lot..

  5. Marli 20/01/2014 at 11:46 am -

    Ache o materia, excelente para utilizá-lo na Educação gostaria sim receber novas sugestões de atividades…


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  7. Zdenda 01/03/2014 at 7:12 am -

    No, but I have bought the template from

  8. Hannah 14/03/2014 at 2:19 pm -

    I really like this activity. I acctualy almost play it everyday with my class they love it.

  9. Hannah 14/03/2014 at 2:20 pm -

    Thanks for sharing would i be able to download it on my phcone/

  10. Hannah 14/03/2014 at 2:22 pm -

    Its good for techers if they are doing realtive clauses

  11. Zdenda 15/03/2014 at 5:28 am -

    I am not very good with smart phone, but you certainly can try it.

  12. bookie 28/03/2014 at 12:38 am -

    thank for useful post on relative clauses

  13. BH English 9 class 04/04/2014 at 7:35 pm -

    Most if not all of your questions are incorrect. I feel I just confused my students even further.

  14. Zdenda 05/04/2014 at 4:02 am -

    I have used all of this with my students and they scored high in their tests. Could you be more specific as what you think that is not correct?

  15. Tracee 17/08/2014 at 10:27 pm -

    Good way of explaining, and good post to get data on the topic of my presentation topic, which i am going to deliver in school.

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