Not every noun benefits from a relative clause. In general, words that are vague are more likely to need the help of a defining clause, whereas words that are more specific tend to be strong enough on their own, especially when paired with a regular adjective.

In the attached activity, low-intermediate and intermediate students can develop a sense of when and how restrictive relative clauses work to clarify and focus meaning.


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Time: about 20 minutes

Materials: copies of the attached activity, one for each pair of students.