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    Default restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    I organised a party that was well received by 300 people.

    Is the clause in bold a restrictive or non-restrictive clause? (I think it is non-restrictive.)

    Can I replace 'that' with 'which'? (I think so.)
    Am I correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    Restrictive. 'That' is restricted to restrictive clauses; however, 'which' will also serve.
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    Wink Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I organised a party that was well received by 300 people.

    Is the clause in bold a restrictive or non-restrictive clause? (I think it is non-restrictive.)

    Can I replace 'that' with 'which'? (I think so.)
    Am I correct?

    Many thanks.
    Whenever that is used as a relative pronoun, the clause is always a restrictive relative clause.

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    Default Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    Note that restrictive relative clauses are not set off by commas, while nonrestrictive relative clauses are. In general, the pronoun "that" should be used for restrictive relative clauses, and "which" should be used for nonrestrictive relative clauses.
    So, if you change ''that'' to ''which'', you change a restrictive relative clause to nontrestrictive relative clause.

    I hope this can help you. I'm sorry if I have written something again, I don't have much time to read everything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    So, if you change ''that'' to ''which'', you change a restrictive relative clause to nontrestrictive relative clause.
    Not always, though.

    You can substitute the relative pronoun which in a restrictive relative clause for the pronoun that, and vice versa.

    However, you can't substitute the relative pronoun which for the pronoun that in a nonrestrictive relative clause.


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    Default Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    No, not always. But it's ''99% rule''. The rule stands for 99% of the cases, but there is that one percent.
    I have said ''in general''...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    No, not always. But it's ''99% rule''. The rule stands for 99% of the cases, but there is that one percent.
    I have said ''in general''...
    I think you got me wrong, Jason. All I meant to say was that it's only when you put the comma that a restrictive relative clause becomes a nonrestrictive clause, and not when you put the pronoun which in place of that.
    Of course, when you put the comma you need to use the pronoun which only.

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    Default Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    Yes, I have got you wrong, I've realised that when I was getting myself a cup of coffee. I have to start to read posts thoroughly, not just glancing them... Gee!

    Sorry engee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    Sorry engee!
    That's alright. I remember myself being in a similar situation the other day. I just took a glance at the text, and didn't read it thoroughly.

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    Default Re: restrictive or non-restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    That's alright. I remember myself being in a similar situation the other day. I just took a glance at the text, and didn't read it thoroughly.
    In our eagerness to help a member, we sometimes are in a hurry and do not read what is posted by other members thoroughly.

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