July 19, 2016
When someone or something is related to something else, we say it's relative. This word is often used for people who share a common bond through marriage and family relationships.
- Do you have any relatives who live nearby?
- If you need any help, you might be able to count on your relatives for support.
- Relatives from across the country came to pay their respects at my grandmother's funeral.
- Steven's relatives are coming over for dinner on Saturday night.
- We're having our relatives over later today. (have over = receive visitors)
- It's fun to get together with relatives.
They have some relatives over.
The word "relative" can also be used as an adjective when making comparisons to another situation.
- The point that he's trying to make is relative to the argument. (The word "relevant" is similar in this kind of a sentence.)
- Some people argue that a full understanding of morality is relative to a particular circumstance. (This idea also goes by "moral relativism.")
- The teacher taught the class about relative clauses today. (A relative clause is necessary and descriptive of another part of a sentence.)
The word "relatively" is an adverb which we use when making comparisons:
- The movie was relatively short. (This is in comparison to other movies.)
- The test was relatively easy. (This is in comparison to other tests.)
- Compared to some of the other candidates running for office, Jeff Johnson is relatively smart. (This statement could sound like an insult to all who are mentioned.)
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