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    Hello,

    -It was not Mr. Brown, I saw yesterday at the shop.

    -Your brother, I met yesterday, seems very sempathic.


    I know we can't use 'that' with non-defining relative clauses. But, can we construct a sentence as above while using non defining relative clause? Must we always use 'who, whom' with non-defining?

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    Default Re: non-defining

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    -It was not Mr. Brown, I saw yesterday at the shop.

    -Your brother, I met yesterday, seems very sempathic.


    I know we can't use 'that' with non-defining relative clauses. But, can we construct a sentence as above while using non defining relative clause? Must we always use 'who, whom' with non-defining?

    Thanks...
    This is a cleft construction, not a defining relative construction:
    It was not Mr. Brown, I saw yesterday at the shop.
    It was not Mr. Brown I saw yesterday at the shop.
    It was not Mr. Brown that/who I saw yesterday at the shop.


    Non-defining relative construction:
    Your brother, I met yesterday, seems very sympathetic.
    Your brother, who I met yesterday, seems very sympathetic.

    Correct spelling: sympathetic

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    Default Re: non-defining

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    -It was not Mr. Brown, I saw yesterday at the shop.

    -Your brother, I met yesterday, seems very sempathic.


    I know we can't use 'that' with non-defining relative clauses. But, can we construct a sentence as above while using non defining relative clause? Must we always use 'who, whom' with non-defining?

    Thanks...
    No, you can't do that without a relative pronoun.

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