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Are there words for relative pronouns, for example:

The man, who was walking to the shop, was tall.

Is there a Chinese word for the bolded "who"?

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In English, when you say "something/someone, who/which has some characters, is abc/is doing xyz.", after translated to Chinese, usually it will be "some characters的something/someone is abc/is doing xyzor separate to two sentence, "something/someone has some character, (optional: 而且/and) is abc/is doing xyz."

In your sample, in addition to @user3919509's answer, you can also say "那个正往店铺走的男子很高". Since "The man" could be anyone, in this case you want to add "該名/那个". In another case, if everybody knows the man, say, we have his name, it will be little different. For example, "Tom, who is working in a big company, has two kids", you can say "汤姆在一个大公司工作,有两个小孩。“

Hope this helps.

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So basically Chinese doesn't have them in the sense that English does? –  Kevin Sang Aug 13 at 17:14
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@KevinSang yes, you are correct. –  Caff Huang Aug 13 at 17:15
    
Internet points for you –  Kevin Sang Aug 13 at 17:16
    
@kevin similar grammatical structure exists in Japanese as well. –  deutschZuid Aug 14 at 12:37

The sentence can be interpret as:

該名步行到店鋪的男子,身材高大

Where 該名 will be 'who' in the sentence

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