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What is a restrictive relative clause?



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


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

    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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