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Adjective Clauses Exercises

Each of the following exercises has two short paragraphs. Read each paragraph. Next to the paragraphs is a
short sentence. The sentence needs an adjective clause to clarify its meaning. Use information from one of the
paragraphs to create the adjective clause and rewrite the sentence. Number 1 is an example.

1. Bill wrote a letter to Karen. He told her that he had found a new girlfriend and
didn't love Karen anymore.

The letter made Karen feel


sad.

John wrote a letter to Karen. He was very happy in New York. He had a good
job and invited Karen to come visit him soon.
The letter that Bill wrote made Karen feel sad.
2. Some of the students did not do well on the test. The teacher asked them to
stay and review so that they would do better the next time.

The students went home


early.

Some of the students did very well on the test. The teacher let these students
go home early so that she could talk to the other students.

3. At the swimming competition, one boy came in third place. His father was
disappointed because he expected his son to come in first.

The man was very


disappointed.

At the swimming competition, one boy came in second. His was father was
extremely happy because his son did so well.

4. Mrs. Grady listened to the speaker at the neighborhood meeting about a plot of
empty land. The speaker supported building a shopping mall on the empty land.
Mrs. Grady didn't agree with him at all.

Mrs. Grady didn't agree


with the speaker.

Mrs. Grady listened to another speaker. The speaker talked about asking the
city to use the empty land for a new library. Mrs. Grady thought that was a good
use of the land.

5. Maria bought a new car. It is very comfortable and gets more than 30 miles per
gallon of gas. She is very happy with her new car and its good gas mileage.

The car has good gas


mileage.

Susan bought a new car. It is very comfortable and gets about 18 miles per
gallon of gas. She likes her new car, but she wishes it had better gas mileage.

6. ABC Company recently bought Smith Corporation. Many of the Smith


Corporation employees are very worried because their jobs are in danger.

The employees are very


worried.

The employees of ABC Company are very happy with the merger. They own
stock in the company, and the price will increase.

7. Janice bought a new computer graphics program. It is very powerful, and she
can create some wonderful pictures, but it is taking her a long time to learn how
to use it well.
Peter bought a new computer graphics program. It has a lot of wonderful
features and is very easy to use. Peter was able to create some beautiful
pictures in a very short time.

The computer graphics


program is easy to use.

8. When Karen Lee was growing up in Oakland, she used to go swimming in a


stream near her house. She recently went back to her hometown, and she was
happy to see that the stream was still there.

She was sad to see that


the place was no longer
there.

When Teresa was growing up in Mapleton, she used to climb trees in a wood
near her house. She recently went back to her hometown, and she was very
sad to see that new houses were built where the wood used to be.

9. Michael loves to read. He often uses the Internet to buy books. He can find
almost any book he wants, and most books have a 40% discount.

Michael gets a 40%


discount on the books.

Michael also loves to go to his local bookstore. He likes to look at the new
books and browse through the magazines. Both magazines and books have a
10% discount.

10. Robert lives in a neighborhood with lots of children. One of his neighbors has
several children. They run around and ride their bikes, but they are careful not
to damage Robert's flowers or lawn.
One of his neighbors has several children. They run around, often stepping on
his flowers. They ride their bikes, sometimes onto his lawn. Robert has asked
his neighbor to control his children, but he never does.

Robert always complains


to the neighbor.