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What is a nonrestrictive relative clause?

 

Definition
 

A nonrestrictive relative clause is a relative clause that does not aid in the identification of the referent of its head noun, but only provides information about it.

Discussion
 

A nonrestrictive relative clause is formally distinguished in some languages.

Example (English)
 
  • John, who passed the test, was elated.
  • Generic
      A nonrestrictive relative clause is a kind of
     
    See also
     
    Source
     

    Comrie 1989 138–139


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