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Adverbs, Verbs

Note 68 – Relative adverbs

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – If you would prefer to dive straight into note 68, then please read on…

What is a relative adverb?

John Seely, in his book The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, explains that a relative adverb is “an adverb that introduces a relative clause”.  There are three relative adverbs:

  • When
  • Where
  • Why 

Examples of relative adverbs in sentences

My examples show the relative adverb followed by the relative clause:

  • Snickers chocolate bars were called Marathons when I was younger
  • She didn’t seem to like the hotel where I had stayed last year
  • You don’t seem to understand why I don’t like working here

Hope you have enjoyed today’s blog – please feel free to comment if you wish.  As mentioned before I am happy to take requests on the subject of grammar/punctuation/writing tips or similar. 

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Until tomorrow…


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John Seely  The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, USA


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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