Definition of contact clause in English:

contact clause

noun

Grammar
  • A relative clause appended without a relative pronoun to the noun phrase that governs it, as in the man I saw yesterday.

    • ‘The relative pronouns can be organized in a similar table to the one above, but no omission or contact clauses can be found here.’
    • ‘Join each pair of sentences, making the subordinate clause a contact clause; i.e. with the omission of the relative pronoun.’
    • ‘When the relative pronouns ‘who ", ‘which’ or ‘that’ (in object case) are omitted the relative clause becomes a contact clause.’
    • ‘What makes one a comma splice and the other a contact clause is a function of what the writer knows.’
    • ‘Contact clauses are common in spoken English.’