Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses

restrictive (defining) relative clause A restrictive relative clause (defining relative clause) is that clause that explains the noun preceding it. It provides the essential information and its absence makes the sense of the expression incomplete. That, which, who, whom or whose introduces a restrictive relative clause. Examples: They made the statement which¬†caused the uproar. He killed the lion that escaped from the zoo. In British English, that/which introduce restrictive relative clauses when talking about things, but not humans. Both that and which are interchangeable. Note: You don’t need a comma…

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