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 🙂

 

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!

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 🙂

If you want, you can write your postcard in the comments section below! I’d love to see some of your writing.

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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!

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

  1. 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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