, he burned the tip of his nose on a stubborn flame.
Burning his nose blowing out candles.
Some relative clauses will refer to more than a single word in the preceding text; they can modify an entire clause or even a series of clauses.
Theo's overworked computer in a spray of sparks.
Relative clauses can also interrupt a main clause. When this happens, use no punctuation for an essential clause. But if the clause is nonessential, separate it with a comma in front and a comma behind. Take a look at these examples:
Because of the spoiled mayonnaise, Ricky potato salad all day.
Many words in English have more than one function. Sometimes a word is a , sometimes a verb, sometimes a . As a result, you must often analyze the job a word is doing in the sentence. Look at these two examples:
is something that Ricky can do—although he might not enjoy it.
When the information in the relative clause clarifies an otherwise general noun, the clause is and will follow the same pattern that you saw above:
Sylvia always at cute guys driving hot cars.
is something that we can do. We can cockroaches under our shoes. We can popcorn during a movie. We can numbers for a math class. In the first sentence, then, is what the potato chips do, so we can call it a verb.