Defining and non-defining clauses...
Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:53 am
Can anyone explain the difference in layman's terms?
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People _____ live longer. (Defining Relative Clause – what people?)
She married a man ____ (Defining Relative Clause – what man?)
Let me introduce you to Peter James (Non-defining. I don’t suppose you know many guys called Peter James.)
My great aunt Freda ____ is coming to lunch. (Non-defining. I have only one great aunt called Freda.)
People who do regular exercises live longer.
She married a man that she met on holiday in Turkey.
Let me introduce to Peter James, who works in our Paris office.
My great aunt Freda, who I was telling you about last night, is coming to lunch.
I had a cocktail that was very unusual.
I had a cocktail which was very unusual.
I had a cocktail, which was very unusual.
I had a cocktail, that was very unusual.