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Hi there,

I am confused with the function of Relative pronouns. I have read on multiple sites that relative pronouns introduce relative clauses.

However, only Adjective clauses are referred to as Relative Clauses.

Some Noun clauses also start with relative pronouns but are not called as Relative Clauses. Why is that?
Example : You can marry whomever you like.

If that is the case then the function of Relative pronouns is not definitively introducing clauses because that is common for both Noun and Adjective clauses.

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Hello, Mounica, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

The relative pronouns who and which can introduce, and the relative pronouns who(m)ever, whichever, what and whatever always introduce nominal relative, or fused relative clauses, which can be understood as formed by a noun or pronoun and a relative clause:

- You can marry who((m)ever) you like.
- You can marry the/any person (that) you like.

- You can buy what(ever) you like.
- You can buy the thing/anything (that) you like.

- You can choose which(ever) you like.
- You can choose the one/any one (that) you like.

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