7. He needed money to start his company. He went to his parents, whose first response was 1'What's the Internet'?11 8. Some people thought that his parents would lose all the money that they invested. 9. The 1990s was a time when people were just beginning to use the Internet. lO. Bezos created a place where customers could make recommendations to other users. ll. He and his parents were never unhappy about the decision that he made in 1994. 184 Lesson 7
I ~ 7.2 Relative Pronoun as Subject The relative pronouns who, that, and which can be the subject of the adjective clause. Subject I want to sell an old toy. Thettoy is in my closet. I want to sell an old toy I th~t I is in my closet. lwhichl The person .............................................lives in another state. Subject The person bought the toy. t The person I who I bought the toy lives in another state. that Language Notes: 1. Use the relative pronouns who and that for people. Use the relative pronouns that and which for things. 2. A present-tense verb in the adjective clause must agree in number with its subject. People who buy things online like the convenience. A person who buy!! things online likes the convenience. EXERCISE 3 Fill in the blanks with who or that+ the correct form of the verb, using the tense given to complete the adjective clauses. 1. I have a friend __ _,wu_h'-'o':-:"b";u!.)y,sz__ all her books online. present buy 2. People ---------cc-____ books online can write reviews and give a book 1-5 stars. present: buy 3. A person ------c----c----the reviews can be influenced by the opinions of others. present: read 4. There are many neighborhood bookstores -------c-c------business and had to close because past: lose of online competition. 5. There are people -------o------successful businesses on the Internet. present perfect: create 6. Omidyar and Bezos are two people --------,---,-----,---;----the potential ofthe Internet. past: understand 7. JeffBezos is lucky to have parents ----=::-;:-=c:-----in his idea. past: believe 8. Friendster and MySpace were two Internet companies --------: ______ successful and past: become then failed. continued Adjective Clauses, Descriptive Phrases 185
9. When you buy something online, you often see this: "People-------,-::--,-------this product past: buy also bought ...." 10. You are encouraged to buy products---------:-.,------similar to your purchase. present: be 11. Pierre Omidyar gives a lot of his money to organizations -------cc--;-----people in need. present: help EXERCISE 4 Work with a partner. Write a complete sentence, using the noun+ the adjective clause given as the subject or object of your sentence. Write about computers, the Internet, or technology in general. I. a computer that has little memory A computer that has little memory is not useful today. OR No one wants a computer that has little memory. 2. students who don't have a computer 3. children who spend all their time playing computer games 4. e-mail that comes from an unknown sender 5. websites that offer music downloads 6.
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