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    Default Non-defining relative clauses

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    Relative clauses - non-defining relative clauses
    Relative clauses add extra information to a sentence by defining a noun. They are usually divided into two types – defining relative clauses and non-defining relative clauses.

    Non-defining relative clauses


    Look at this sentence.

    • My grandfather, who is 87, goes swimming every day.


    ‘who is 87’ is a non-defining relative clause. It adds extra information to the sentence. If we take the clause out of the sentence, the sentence still has the same meaning.
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    What does “If we take the clause out of the sentence” in the above context mean?


    Do the following sentences have a difference?

    1. I went to visit my uncle , who lives in Thailand.
    2. I went to visit my uncle who lives in Thailand.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Non-defining relative clauses

    yes- the first just gives us additional information about your uncle, so you only have one uncle. The second tells us which uncle you visited- you have more than one uncle, but only one lives in Thailand.

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    Default Re: Non-defining relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    yes- the first just gives us additional information about your uncle, so you only have one uncle. The second tells us which uncle you visited- you have more than one uncle, but only one lives in Thailand.
    As with the problem we dealt with a couple of days ago, I don't think the non-defining clause necessarily limits the number of uncles.

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    Default Re: Non-defining relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    As with the problem we dealt with a couple of days ago, I don't think the non-defining clause necessarily limits the number of uncles.
    It certainly limits us to the one we know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It certainly limits us to the one we know about.
    That is true.

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    Default Re: Non-defining relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That is true.
    OK- only one uncle relevant to this conversation.

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