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    flemingb Guest

    Default essential and nonessential clauses

    In the sentence: Any employee who wishes to participate may contact our Human Resources Department.

    According to our textbook answer, the essential clause is: who wishes to participate

    If we were to change the sentence to: The employee who wishes to participate may contact our Human Resources Department.

    Will the essential clause be the same or can we offset it with commas because it is now a nonessential clause.

    Please explain.

    Thanks

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: essential and nonessential clauses

    You can't offset it because it is still defining the employee, IMO.

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