Improve your written English

Improve your written English with one useful word!

There are countless things you can do to improve your written English (blog posts for another time!) but, for this post, I’m just going to focus on one word. That word is which.

‘Which’ is a relative pronoun and, if you have ever studied relative clauses, you’ll know they can be very complicated and confusing so I’m only going to show you one simple use today. Used in this way, it is really easy to add a nice, natural touch to your sentences!

How can I use WHICH in a sentence?

You can just tag it on the end of your sentence to add some extra information about the specific thing you have mentioned. Let me give you some examples by showing you a postcard:

Hey mate!
Guess what? I’m in Jamaica!! It’s amazing here.
Our apartment is on the beach, which is so beautiful. We spent all day yesterday learning how to snorkel and then how to scuba dive, which was so much fun! I can’t wait to do it again! Last night we ate fresh lobster, which was absolutely delicious and the chef showed us how to cook it! Tomorrow we’re getting a bus through the hills to Nine Mile, which is where Bob Marley was born.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and make you jealous! I hope you’re having a good week.
Wish you were here!! Ben 🙂

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Notice the structure: ,which + be + adjective 

Can you see in the postcard how it is used? The ,which must refer to the specific thing you have just mentioned (the beach, scuba diving, lobster, Nine mile) and then you describe it using be+adjective (is beautiful, was delicious, etc).

If you re-read the postcard without the extra information, you can see it is quite boring. Using ,which is a great way to spice up your sentences and improve your written English!


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Challenge – Improve your written English

Think back to your last holiday and write a couple of sentences about your experiences (like my postcard). Remember to use ,which to make it more interesting for the reader 🙂Write those sentences in the comments section below and I will check/correct them for you! 

 

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

7 thoughts on “Improve your written English with one useful word!

  1. Last month, me and all my family were in Ibb city which has a beautifull weather.We stayed in a neighborhood which was a good place and, near to everything

  2. Last month, me and all my family were in Ibb city which it has a beautifull weather.We stayed in a neighborhood which it was a good place and, near to everything

    1. Well done for trying the postcard challenge Amani! These are great sentences! You just need to change one thing….when we are using WHICH, we are essentially combining two sentences. For example, ‘We went to Greece. It was beautiful.’ Now combine them using WHICH and remove the full stop and remove the pronoun (it) and you have ‘We went to Greece, which was beautiful.’
      Does that make sense? So look at your example again and remove ‘it’ from both sentences. Then they will be perfect!
      It sounds like you had a lovely holiday. Thank you for telling me about it 🙂

  3. We’ve just come back from our holiday in Greece, which was lovely. I tried fried squid, which was very tasty!

    1. This is a brilliant example Lou! And I’m very jealous of your holiday 🙂

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