Omitting Relative Pronouns

Index
Decide whether or not the relative pronoun can be omitted in the following sentences. ANSWERS
1) This was the hotel that we stayed in for two weeks.
2) She showed me the emeralds which she had brought back from South Africa.
3) The smartphone that costs £200 is very good.
4) Mrs. Smith, who is very smart, lives on the fourth floor.
5) This is the car that John bought at an auction.
6) My colleague with whom I'm doing the project should be here as soon as possible.
7) That's the woman whose house has been broken into.
8) A doctor is a person who looks after people's health.
9) My new motorbike, which I paid a few thousand euros for, is not running well.
10) Where is the letter that arrived this morning?
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CORRECT!

THAT + WE = RELATIVE PRONOUN + PRONOUN

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun can be omitted!
THAT + WE = RELATIVE PRONOUN + PRONOUN

CORRECT!

WHICH + SHE = RELATIVE PRONOUN + PRONOUN

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun can be omitted!
WHICH + SHE = RELATIVE PRONOUN + PRONOUN

CORRECT!

THAT + COSTS = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted!
THAT + COSTS = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

CORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted in non-defining relative clauses (with commas)!

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted in non-defining relative clauses (with commas)!

CORRECT!

THAT + JOHN = RELATIVE PRONOUN + NOUN

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun can be omitted!
THAT + JOHN = RELATIVE PRONOUN + NOUN

CORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted after preposition + whom/which (at which, with whom, among whom etc.)!

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted after preposition + whom/which (at which, with whom, among whom etc.)!

CORRECT!

WHOSE is a determiner and can never be omitted!

INCORRECT!

WHOSE is a determiner and can never be omitted!

CORRECT!

WHO + LOOKS = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted!
WHO + LOOKS = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

CORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted in non-defining relative clauses (with commas)!

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted in non-defining relative clauses (with commas)!

CORRECT!

THAT + ARRIVED = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

INCORRECT!

The relative pronoun cannot be omitted!
THAT + ARRIVED = RELATIVE PRONOUN + VERB

Explanation