1. Complete the sentences with the relative pronouns below.
where which who whose
1) The company’s US offices are in Seattle, ____________ is near the border with Canada.
2) I’ve applied for a job at the BBC, ____________ mum used to work.
3) At the job interview, she met Jack White, ____________ father started the company.
4) The company has three hundred employees, ____________ work in three different offices.
1) which 2) where 3) whose 4) who
2. Complete the text with the relative clauses (a-f).
Google is famous for providing fantastic working conditions for its employees, 1) ____ . But what qualities do you need to get a job at Googleplex in California, 2) ____ ? The answer may surprise you. Laszlo Block, 3) ____ , is in charge of finding new employees for Google, 4) ____ . He is not looking for people who describe themselves as ‘intelligent and experienced’, 5) ____ . In Block’s opinion, people who describe themselves as intelligent think they know the answers already. This limits their curiosity and flexibility, 6) ____ .
a which are two qualities that most other companies value highly
b where the company has its main headquarters
c which receives around 2.5 million CVs every year
d who enjoy free leisure facilities (gyms, swimming pools, video games, etc.) and free meals
e which makes them unsuitable for a company like Google
f whose job title is ‘senior vice-president for people operations’
1) d 2) b 3) f 4) c 5) a 6) e
3. Four of these sentences contain mistakes. Underline and correct the mistakes. Tick the two correct sentences.
1) For twenty years, I worked in New York, where is a really exciting city. ____________
2) At the age of nineteen, she published her first novel, that won several awards. ____________
3) At the party, I met Luke’s wife, who’s the CEO of a large cosmetics company. ____________
4) After degree, I did a professional qualification, which lasted two years. ____________
5) The company’s head office is in Tokyo, which house prices are extremely high. ____________
6) On first day, I became friends with a girl called Ava, who’s desk was next to mine. ____________
1) where which 2) that which 3) ✓ 4) ✓
5) which where 6) who’s whose
4. Rewrite the sentences as one sentence with a non-defining relative clause. Sometimes there are two possible answers.
1) uncle worked on a farm. He lived in Italy.
uncle, who lived in Italy, worked on a farm. OR
uncle, who worked on a farm, lived in Italy.
2) The car factory is closing down. Three hundred local people work there.
3) He was very nervous during his first interview. It was at The Times newspaper.
4) next door neighbour works as a gardener. She’s a qualified doctor.
5) She had prepared well for the job interview. It lasted nearly two hours.
6) Our French teachers wants to move to France and open a hotel. Her husband is from Paris.
7) cousin did a second degree in computer science. Her first degree was in maths.
8) I wrote an application letter. I forgot to post it.
2) The car factory, where three hundred local people work, is closing down.
3) During his first interview, which was at The Times newspaper, he was very nervous. / He was very nervous during his first interview, which was at The Times newspaper.
4) next door neighbour, who’s a qualified doctor, works as a gardener. / next door neighbour, who works as a gardener, is a qualified doctor.
5) The job interview, for which she had prepared well, lasted nearly two hours.
6) Our French teacher, whose husband is from Paris, wants to move to France and open a hotel.
7) cousin, whose first degree was in maths, did a second degree in computer science.
8) I wrote an application letter, which I forgot to post.
5. Rewrite the sentences in a more formal style.
1) The girl he fell in love with was an old school friend.
2) The subject most students complain about is physics.
3) The room which we have our meetings in is not air-conditioned.
4) The man who I gave the message to did not pass it on.
5) The boy who I was telling you about no longer attends school.
6) The train we were travelling on did not serve meals.
1) The girl with whom he fell in love was an old school friend.
2) The subject about which most students complain is physics.
3) The room in which we have our meetings is not air-conditioned.
4) The man to whom I gave the message did not pass it on.
5) The boy about whom I was telling you no longer attends school.
6) The train on which we were travelling did not serve meals.
6. Rewrite each pair of sentences as a single sentence with a non-defining relative clause.
1) A friend of mine helped me get a job. His mother is a company director.
2) The new shopping centre will open next month. It has over 200 different stores.
3) Next summer, we’re going to Ibiza. aunt and uncle have an apartment there.
4) tennis coach was late today. He’s nearly always on time.
5) friend showed me a photo of her new boyfriend. He is a police officer.
6) That girl over there used to be in class. I don’t remember her name.
7) Thank you for your letter. It arrived yesterday morning.
8) The Grand Hotel has offered me a job. brother works there.
1) A friend of mine, whose mother is a company director, helped me get a job.
2) The new shopping centre, which has over 200 different stores, will open next month.
3) Next summer, we’re going to Ibiza, where aunt and uncle have an apartment.
4) tennis coach, who is nearly always on time, was late today.
5) friend showed me a photo of her new boyfriend, who is a police officer.
6) That girl over there, whose name I don’t remember, used to be in class.
7) Thank you for your letter, which arrived yesterday morning.
8) The Grand Hotel, where brother works, has offered me a job.