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    restrictive clause

    "Arenas' remaining three seasons after this one, to the tune of $62 million, will all but kill any flexibility Orlando will have going forward. Jason Richardson will be a free agent in June and will certainly be looking to put up numbers. Turkoglu has to recapture the form he showed in Orlando two years ago, when the Magic got to the Finals."

    "When the Magic got to the Finals" seems to be a restrictive clause to me, which means there should be no comma after "ago." What do you think?

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    Re: restrictive clause

    Generally, when a clause can be removed from a sentence without changing the sense (meaning) of the sentence, then the clause is non-restrictive. In my reading of this sentence, the clause in question is non-restrictive because it clarifies what happened two years ago.

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    Re: restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Arenas' remaining three seasons after this one, to the tune of $62 million, will all but kill any flexibility Orlando will have going forward. Jason Richardson will be a free agent in June and will certainly be looking to put up numbers. Turkoglu has to recapture the form he showed in Orlando two years ago, when the Magic got to the Finals."

    "When the Magic got to the Finals" seems to be a restrictive clause to me, which means there should be no comma after "ago." What do you think?

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    The adnominal relative adverb hinges on "two years ago". It does not restrict the reference of the definite time adverbial. You can't restrict definiteness. A comma would come in useful.

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    Re: restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    The adnominal relative adverb hinges on "two years ago". It does not restrict the reference of the definite time adverbial. You can't restrict definiteness. A comma would come in useful.
    How about this example?

    "No successor was immediately named and Jordan said a search would begin immediately. The Bobcats are off until Monday when they host Detroit."

    Based on what you said, there should be a comma after "Monday."

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    Re: restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    How about this example?

    "No successor was immediately named and Jordan said a search would begin immediately. The Bobcats are off until Monday when they host Detroit."

    Based on what you said, there should be a comma after "Monday."
    There should.

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    Re: restrictive clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Based on what you said, there should be a comma after "Monday."

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