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Non-restrictive Clause

A non-restrictive clause is one that does not identify the word it modifies, i.e., it is just additional information and is usually offset with commas. (Brackets and dashes can be used too.)


I went to Reading with John Baker, who lives next door. (additional info)
                                                       non-restrictive clause (comma required)

I went to Reading with the man who lives next door. (identifies the man)
                                                 restrictive clause (no commas)

Interactive example:
Betty, who is still on the ferry, will arrive before 4 o'clock. [show me the non-restrictive clause]
Associated pages:
Using which, that and who
No commas with which, that and who
Commas with which, that and who
Glossary of grammatical terms

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