nonrestrictive clause

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Noun1.nonrestrictive clause - a subordinate clause that does not limit or restrict the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies
dependent clause, subordinate clause - a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
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--A nonrestrictive clause is one that comments on an antecedent instead of identifying it.
Crews then explains what has already been clearly stated above: "Which the manager didn't mention to Melody is a nonrestrictive clause, since it doesn't serve to identify its antecedent reason.
The fundamental grammatical error in the Twenty-sixth Amendment is the use of a nonrestrictive clause instead of a restrictive clause.
A restrictive clause cannot be left out of a sentence, whereas a nonrestrictive clause can be."(16) As the Texas Law Review's Manual on Style explains, The author's intention determines the correct usage.
A nonrestrictive clause, on the other hand, refers to the whole group of things represented by the noun--in this case, your cows.
Not all restrictive and nonrestrictivc clauses begin with the relative pronouns "that" and "which." Others begin with the relative pronouns "who," whom, and "whose." Without going into the differences among these words, I'll simply point out that any restrictive clause they introduce has no commas and any nonrestrictive clause they introduce carries the mandatory commas.
* Who may begin a restrictive or nonrestrictive clause (see also Chapter 31):
restrictive clause--a clause that limits the meaning of a particular word or is otherwise essential to the meaning of a sentence; a nonrestrictive clause is not essential to the meaning of a word or sentence
I tend to go into paroxysms of editorial exasperation over "hopefully," an adverb that is almost always incorrectly used in speech and writing instead of "it is hoped." A distinction between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, that is, between "that" and "which," is also important to me.
While John and Jane sit in the back row of our classrooms wondering whether they will ever get back their driver's licenses and whether their divorced fathers will send a check this month, we seek their attention to the barely discernible difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses.
One especially irritating thing is the problem of punctuation, in particular the lack of distinction between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses and phrases, evidently suggesting a hurried preparation of the English manuscript.
Confusion between "which" and that." We use "that" to introduce restrictive clauses and "which" to introduce nonrestrictive clauses. But most of us can't tell the two apart.