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What is a restrictive relative clause?

 

Definition
 

A restrictive relative clause is a relative clause that helps to identify the referent of the word that it modifies.

Discussion
 

In some languages, a restrictive relative clause is formally marked.

Example (English)
 
  • The man that you see
  • Generic
      A restrictive relative clause is a kind of
     
    See also
     
    Sources
     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 185

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 1239

     

    Crystal 1985:265

     

    Mish 1991 1006

     

    Comrie 1989 138–139


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