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    When your friend boasts of a private yacht

    When your friend boasts of a private yacht, ten personal servants and nightly caviar dinners, that's braggadocio , unless he happens to live on the French Riveria.

    In my opinion, based on non-defining relative clauses, this bold part is wrong. I think it must be: "which is braggadocio". Do you confirm my claim?Thanks!

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    Re: When your friend boasts of a private yacht

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    When your friend boasts of a private yacht, ten personal servants and nightly caviar dinners, that's braggadocio , unless he happens to live on the French Riveria.

    In my opinion, based on non-defining relative clauses, this bold part is wrong. I think it must be: "which is braggadocio". Do you confirm my claim?Thanks!
    No.

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    Re: When your friend boasts of a private yacht

    Compare: "If he takes the money, that's stealing - unless, of course he owns it." ("that can be called stealing")
    "It's stealing if he takes the money, unless he owns it."

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    Re: When your friend boasts of a private yacht

    Very many thanks. I take it it's a bit hard to recognize that it's non-defining clause or it's the name that modify "that" before itself.

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    Re: When your friend boasts of a private yacht

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Very many thanks. I take it it's a bit hard to recognize that it's non-defining clause or it's the name that modify "that" before itself.
    If you change it to a non-defining clause, you don't have a sentence.
    "If he takes the money, which is stealing unless he owns it, ..." Then what? You need an "If(when) ... then ..." construction.
    All you have is, "When he does this, which is braggadocio, (unless [a condition]), then ..." You don't have a "then clause". So, it's easy to see that a non-defining clause is insufficient here.

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